2017 Cote Rotie Cuvee Belle Helene
By Domaine M&S Ogier D'Ampuis
2017 Cote Rotie Cuvee Belle Helene from Domaine M&S Ogier D'Ampuis, Rhone
In the symphony that forms the vinous world, the 2017 Cote Rotie Cuvee Belle Helene from Domaine M&S Ogier D'Ampuis sings a melody of complexity, power and nuance. Drawing confidence from years of winemaking experience, unparalleled insight into the terroir of Rhone, and the unique attributes of the 2017 vintage, this opulent Syrah is a meticulous creation, cultivated on an amphitheatre of schistous terrains.
Timeless Elegance meets New Age Character
The year 2017 was marked with supremely favorable climatic conditions, which ultimately resulted in the production of Syrah grapes ripe with potential. The performance of Domaine M&S Ogier D'Ampuis was splendid, showing utmost respect for the terroir and expressing its ethos of creating wines that are mirrors to the land and vintage from which they burgeon.
This vintage exudes heady aromas of blackcurrant and ripe cherry muddled with earthy herbs, teasing peppery sparks and unmistakable leathery undertones. The flavours arrive in harmonious waves on the palate, announcing their individual identities while weaving a tapestry of taste that is both profound and persistently evolving.
A Vintage for Ages
The 2017 season offered consistent sunshine balanced with timely showers that instilled a carefully preserved robustness in the fruit while maintaining treasured elegance. This balance is effortlessly reflected in the 2017 Cote Rotie Cuvee Belle Helene, boasting an immaculate structure and intellectual depth.
For those keen on securing unique vintages void of market volatility and teeming with potential, heritance comes with every bottle. This is what the Domaine M&S Ogier D'Ampuis estate has mastered, licensed with endless dancing interplays between structured tannins, captivating complexity, and extended finish.
In its climax, the 2017 Cote Rotie Cuvee Belle Helene sings true to its terroir's essence and jousts with the best of Rhone's production. A wine that defies commonplace, ventures into excellence, and validates its position as an investment-worthy beacon in fine wine anthropology.
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Scores and tasting notes
Rich and plush, the 2017 Cote Rotie La Belle Helene is a full-bodied, hedonistic example of the appellation. Black cherries, espresso, cedar and dark chocolate notes dominate the nose and palate, framed by ripe, velvety tannins. This shows impressive power and concentration allied to generosity, texture and length, making it a true powerhouse. Give it several years in the cellar and drink it through 2040 or so.
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 13 May 2021