Côte-Rôtie has a rich winegrowing tradition that dates back to the Greek and Roman eras, but in more modern times many of the area’s steep granite vineyards had been left to crumble, as negociants were the only wineries with the means to bottles wines.

Indeed, this was the case for Michel Ogier, who for a long time sold his entire crop, on the vine, to the likes of Chapoutier and Guigal. In 1980, however, he decided to make and produce his own wine, and invested a considerable amount of time and capital in his well-suited 2.5 hectare vineyard. By 1988 the domaine was importing its first cases of Ogier to the United States.

Thirty years later, and Ogier d’Ampuis has established a reputation that rivals even the grandest and longest-established producers of the region, thanks largely to the passion and talents of Michel’s son Stephane, who joined the family business in 1997, fresh out of oenology school.

Widely regarded as one of the most promising and gifted producers of Cote Rotie, Stephane’s wines remain true to tradition, but offer a modern polish. Under his management, the estate has expanded, new wines have been created and Ognier has been shepherded to new levels of quality and consistency.