Stephane Otheguy Côte Rôtie 'Rozier'
Region: Northern Rhône
Stephane Otheguy makes sensational wine from 1.5 hectares of vines planted in the steep and rocky northern Rhone appelations of Côte Rôtie, Saint-Joseph and Condrieu. He ferments his wine in open top vats with indigenous yeasts without temperature control and bottles without any fining or filtration.
Located just to the north of Ampuis on the Côte-Brune where schist is the dominant soil, Rozier is a superb vineyard with a steep, south-eastern slope. Production is minuscule, usually one to three barrels and the result spectacular: lifted aromatics of blueberry and black cherry fruit with hints of liquorice and a thread of iron minerality running through.