stephane ogier, cote rotie, la belle helene 2012

stephane ogier, cote rotie, la belle helene 2012
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
98
VINOUS
95

Critics' Scores

  • ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
    98
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    A wine that could flirt with perfection at maturity, the 2012 Cote Rotie Cuvee Belle Helene is the polar opposite of the perfumed, finesse styled Lancement and offers a dense, powerful, masculine personality. Inky-colored, full-bodied, sensationally concentrated and still balanced and seamless, it offers a serious bouquet of dark fruits (cassis, black raspberries), crushed rock, charcoal, graphite and wood smoke. The more rounded style of the 2012 vintage gives this a touch of upfront charm, but it really needs 6-7 years of cellaring and will have three decades or more of longevity. (JD)

  • VINOUS
    95
    Vinous

    Saturated ruby. Heady aromas of candied dark berries, incense and licorice are complemented by suggestions of candied violet and five-spice powder. Supple, deeply flavored and energetic, offering powerful blackberry and floral pastille flavors and a zesty peppery nuance. The smooth, strikingly long finish features lingering sweetness, a hint of allspice and subtle, slow-building tannins. (JR)

  • WINE SPECTATOR
    95
    Wine Spectator

    Rock-solid, with a dark, winey core of black currant and blackberry fruit carried by a lively, brambly structure. Lots of anise and sweet tobacco fill in on the finish, where the fruit plays out along with a tug of sweet earth. Wins on both power and seduction. Best from 2018 through 2028. (JM)

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