Chapoutier and Guigal’s Loss. Your Gain.
Wine Spectator dropped 94 points on Michel and Stephane Ogier’s 2014 Condrieu La Combe de Malleval, calling it “refreshing and vivacious,” with “excellent energy,” and “a rarity.” If you find a Chapoutier or Guigal Condrieu, be prepared to shell out $180-225 per bottle. Instead, we have 400 bottles of this exceedingly rare, voluptuous white at just $49.99 — 29% off the release price. You make the call.
In the ‘70s and early ‘80s, Michel Ogier’s pristine, hand-picked fruit largely ended up in the bottlings of two of the greatest producers the Northern Rhone has ever known: M. Chapoutier and E. Guigal. Recognizing the consistent quality of his crops, Michel Ogier hung out his own shingle in 1982, and began producing tiny cuvees of Viognier, Syrah, Marsanne, and Roussanne, that became known for their sumptuousness, silkiness, and elegance.
In 1998, after graduating from the enology school in Beaune, Michel’s son, Stephane, joined his father, and today, the father-son duo farm just 32 meticulously tended acres in some of the most revered vineyards of the Northern Rhône.
The 2014 Condrieu La Combe de Malleval was sourced from two parcels, one, a mineral-laden site in Veauvignere, and the, a parcel near St. Pierre de Boeuf, named La Combe, with south-facing, 25-year-old vines, planted in granite soils. This 2014 Condrieu La Combe de Malleval is rare 100% Viognier from some of the steepest slopes in the Northern Rhône where bold, long-lived reds reigns supreme.