Domaine MS Ogier DAmpuis   Cote Rotie Lancement

2012 Cote Rotie Lancement

By Domaine M&S Ogier D'Ampuis

2012 Cote Rotie Lancement from Domaine M&S Ogier D'Ampuis, Rhone

Breakthroughs in viticulture and winemaking in Rhône have transformed the otherwise rustic Syrah grape into a fine wine worth investing - an enduring legacy exemplified by the 2012 Cote Rotie Lancement from Domaine M&S Ogier D'Ampuis. This prime specimen of the region's masterful varietals navigates the palate in a sure yet surprising direction, conjuring whispers of the schist and granite-rich hills that characterise its birthplace.


A Rhône revelation destined for distinction

A result of a highly propitious vintage, the 2012 Cote Rotie Lancement deftly exhibits the finesse that is indicative of Domaine M&S Ogier D'Ampuis' pursuit for perfection. Even though one can discern hallmarks of the vineyard's acclaimed produce, this release clearly elucidates what sets 2012 apart - a year that harmoniously synthesised climate, terroir, and meticulous craftsmanship.

Intriguingly complex, yet refined, it renders every sip an intimate encounter with this promising wine investment.


Pairing patience with persistence - a worthwhile waiting game

Favourable weather conditions in 2012 within the quaint confines of Rhône Valley presented a celebratory mood to winemakers, which translated exquisitely into this Lancement. It shares a kinship with black pepper and violet nuances, then advances towards an exciting mix of red berries and darker fruits which instils a profound intrigue on the palate. Decidedly full-bodied, yet with airs of tantalising subtlety.

Fine wine investors should find idiomatic expression "good things come to those who wait" apt in describing the 2012 Cote Rotie Lancement. Aged for a period of 18 months, this vintage persists in carving its own path, setting the stage for a prodigious return on investment.


The eloquence of Syrah encapsulated through expert eyes

With the 2012 Cote Rotie Lancement from Domaine M&S Ogier D'Ampuis, one can surely attest to the monumental significance this vintage holds for the Rhône Valley. The prevailing balance and unlikely harmony of this wine showcases why each sip has been credited as a revelation in its own right.

With time, its opulence will continue to unfold, signaling an opportune moment for wine investors to make a flourishing entrance into this diversely rewarding wine investment adventure.

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And we finished with the Stephane’s two classic Côte Rôties, the Lancement and the Cuvée Belle Helene. One of the top wines of the estate, the 2012 Côte Rôtie Lancement highlight the more elegant, complex and seamless style of Côte Rôtie. Giving up a sensational perfume of lavender, olive tapenade, violets and black raspberry fruit, it flows onto the palate with full-bodied richness, a seamless, silky texture, ultra-fine tannin and a great finish. I'd happily drink this rock star Côte Rôtie anytime over the coming 15-20 years.

Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 30 December 2015

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