Review: 2004 Michel and Stephane Ogier Lancemont, Cote Rotie

I tasted this wine at a blind tasting under conditions that did not allow me to spend an entire evening with the wine as I typically do when reviewing wines. Thus, these notes will be shorter than usual.

An intense and highly focused attack of dense blackberry and cherry flavors gives way to toasty oak, chocolate, and baking spice on the mid-palate. The complex flavors are supported by bracing acidity that reverberates throughout the taste experience and gives this wine extraordinary presence and movement on the palate. The finish is very long with well integrated tannins  that sustain core fruit flavors. There is nothing subtle or muted about this wine. It is a powerhouse. Can be found for around $175.

Good: Intensity of flavors and acidity

Bad: If you like subtlety, you won’t find it here.

Distinctive: Sheer power

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