Beth's Wine Pick From AJ's Fine Foods - Ogier Vacqueryas

7/28 Ogier Vacqueryas

 Retail Price: $18.99

Beth Price: $13.99

 Region: Rhone, France

 Wine Maker Notes: Intense ruby color, the wine has a beautiful personality. Full-bodied and wonderfully balanced between spices and freshness of the fruits. Tannins are very present but fine. This a wine of seduction.

 Pairs well with grilled meat, casseroles and autumn dishes.

 Blend: 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre

Critic tasting note: (2018 vintage) "Heaps of blueberry and raspberry jam introduce this robust, intensely concentrated blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. All curves and soft edges, it's a lavish sip framed by ripe, seamlessly integrated tannins. At peak now but should hold through 2025.

 Few Rhône Valley producers can compare to the history and pedigree of Ogier. The family name dates to 800 A.D. when “Ogier the Dane” came to fight with Charlemagne’s soldiers in the Basque country, and on his way back home, settled in southeastern France’s Massif Central region.  Antoine Ogier, a distant descendant of Ogier the Dane, entered the wine business in 1859, purchasing a cooperage and establishing “OGIER” as a wine producer in the nearby Rhône Valley.

After more than 160 years, Ogier has grown to become one of the leading producers in the Rhône Valley. Most of its land holdings are in the Southern Rhône area producing wines from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Lirac. The Estate also makes small but exceptional bottlings from parcels within the most notable appellations of the Northern Rhône - Crozes-Hermitage and Côte Rôtie. Ogier’s wines are an ode to finesse, elegance and freshness.

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