On the opposite bank of the Rhône from Côte Rôtie, the Seyssuel appellation has a history as long as any other in the Rhône. Vienne was an important town in Roman Gaul and according to Pliny the Elder, the Romans enjoyed the Seyssuel wines. In the region’s more recent history, whereas the vineyards on the other side of the river were re-established after their decimation by phylloxera in the 1880s and neglect during the First World War, Seyssuel was all but abandoned. It was in the 1990s that a group of winemakers decided that the time had come to resurrect these vineyards. Among them were Michel and Stéphane Ogier, who – along with their fellow winemakers – believe that this area has the potential to produce wines to rival its neighbour’s.
This 2015 is testament to this belief. Aromas are beautifully floral. Full bodied, there is great depth of black cherry, blueberry and violet flavours, structure being taut, tannins being fresh and fine. This is an elegant, precise wine (drink 2023-30+)
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