2015 Cote Rotie, Belle Helene, Domaine Michel et Stephane Ogier (3 x Bottle)

France Rhone North Rhone

The 2015 Cote Rotie La Belle Helene is smoky, dark and brooding, almost fruitcake-like in its density and complexity. It flirts with surmaturité and dried-fruit notes yet stays just this side of over-ripeness. It’s not as aromatically complex or as elegant as the Lancement but may be longer-lived.

2015 Cote Rotie, Belle Helene, Domaine Michel et Stephane Ogier (3 x Bottle)

The 2015 Cote Rotie La Belle Helene is smoky, dark and brooding, almost fruitcake-like in its density and complexity. It flirts with surmaturité and dried-fruit notes yet stays just this side of over-ripeness. It’s not as aromatically complex or as elegant as the Lancement but may be longer-lived.

France Rhone North Rhone
Producer Domaine Ogier
Sub-Region North Rhone
Region Rhone
Country France
Grape Variety Syrah
Vintage 2015
Colour Red
Style Full, Dry, Powerful

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96 Points / Drinking 2025 - 2035

By Josh Raynolds / April 2018

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2015 Cote Rotie La Belle Helene is smoky, dark and brooding, almost fruitcake-like in its density and complexity. It flirts with surmaturité and dried-fruit notes yet stays just this side of over-ripeness. It’s not as aromatically complex or as elegant as the Lancement but may be longer-lived.

96 Points / Drinking 2022 - 2040

By Joe Czerwinski / December 2017