IN THE RHONE VALLEY
Ogier in the Rhône Valley
Founded in 1859, Ogier is located in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in the heart of the most prestigious appellation in the south of France.
In order to understand the subtle variations of the terroirs of the appellation and the Rhone Valley’s, Ogier studied the four different soil types of the several appellations and duly adapted its vinification and maturation methods to these.
Located at the centre of the village, the centuries-old winery is home to over 8 000 hL (211 338 gal) of vats, barrels, demi-muids, casks and truncated vats.
Vines and terroirs
It all begins with the soils, their complexities, and carefully nurtured grapes. With over 100 hectares of surface under vine as well as a strict sourcing policy, we are deeply rooted in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the southern appellations.
The weather reshuffles the deck every year: the key is in deciding when to harvest.
Determining the right phenolic maturity requires constant monitoring. Edouard Guérin and his teams spend time in the vineyards day and night during the harvest period, which can last more than two months. The accuracy of his analysis will enable him to capture the moment when the grapes are at their point of balance to give the purest expression of their terroir.
The search for freshness requires delicacy and meticulous care, acute observations and measured interventions.
If each cuvées has its own identity, our vinifications are conducted in a similar way in co-fermentation (several grape varieties in the same vat) in order to obtain a unique balance and complexity through this intimate marriage of grape varieties; a way to bring more typicity. The result is the sapid harmony that is one of the major characteristics of our wines.
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Laughter and PEOPLE
Our wines are the result of teamwork at Ogier. They are made by a mix of talents and temperaments. The vine is demanding, engaging and values our sincerity and in turn we must respect its wishes and do everything in our power to give it the very best, to give it what it needs.
The climate, the region and GRENACHE... all the ingredients for powerful and tannic wines.
If some of our wines - whites and rosés - are matured in concrete tanks to preserve their fruit, most of our red wines benefit from being aged in wood... under certain conditions. Our guiding principle is to preserve temperament but gain in finesse and freshness. We therefore reserve a passage in new barrels for the northern crus, mainly based on Syrah, and for certain southern appellations (Gigondas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape): they have enough power to play a balanced score with the new oak. But not more than 6 to 8 months depending on the quality of the vintage.
THE PERFECT PAIRINGS
"Mastered paradox in white Lirac on small Mediterranean octopus with ink, fried pimientos from Catalonia."