Wine Advocate 90
"A blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah that was vinified and aged all in concrete -- and bottled early -- the 2014 Cotes du Rhone le Temps Est Venu comes from the Plan de Dieu and Visan AOCs. Medium-bodied, supple, elegant and downright sexy, with impressive notes of peppery herbs, raspberries, dried flowers and violets, it shows the forward nature of the vintage, yet has solid sweetness of fruit and plenty of charm. Drink it anytime over the coming 5-7 years."~J.D.
Vinous Media 90
"Deep ruby. Sexy, mineral-tinged dark berries, cherry and candied flowers on the perfumed nose and in the mouth. Smooth and fleshy in style, offering sappy bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Clings very nicely on the finish, which features supple tannins and a persistent suggestion of lavender."
Stephan OgierView all from Stephan Ogier
In 1998, Michel's son, Stéphane, joined the family business fresh out of enology school in Beaune. This young and talented go-getter has refined his father's passion for quality by introducing lower yields into their viticultural plan (via de-budding), replanting vineyards, and introducing a négociant arm of the business. Together, they farm 16 hectares in some of the most celebrated vineyards of the appellation's Côte Brune and Côte Blonde, Lancement and Côte Rozier. Stéphane has purchased and replanted new vineyards in some of the highest points of the appellation (Bertholon, Besset, Côte Blond, Montmain, and Champon). In addition, they also produce an elegant Saint-Joseph, a rare Côte du Rhône Village Plan de Dieu, three Syrahs ("L'Ame Soeur", "La Rosine and "Syrah d'Ogier") and a Viognier from the Collines Rhodaniennes, and two stunning cuvées of Condrieu. Stéphane has built his philosophy on two principles: precision and freshness. Interpreting the terroir is not just about conveying the effect of the sun, but also the minerals. He may seek concentration in the vineyards through de-budding, green harvest, and leaf-pulling, but not in the cellars.