Ogier the Dane is a legendary character said to have fought alongside the Emperor Charlemagne in the late 8th century. It is believed that he stopped off in the Massif Central after a battle in the Basque Country and made the Rhône Valley his home, bringing the name Ogier to the region. In 1859, Antoine Ogier established his wine business in the heart of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Didier Couturier, the Head Winemaker, joined the company in 1995 to establish a house style based upon ‘purity of fruit, freshness and depth’: his first actions were to strengthen Ogier’s ties with its grape-growing partners and develop a maturation plan. The cellars are extensive, with three artesian wells, and hewn out of red sandstone. Here, Didier puts into practice the techniques he has learned from local coopers with generations of expertise; he is a master of the art of ageing wine.
Since 2000, Ogier have been responsible for making the Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes, a wine created in 1880 by Edouard Amouroux and continued by the Amouroux family: the label has not changed its design since 1926. The grapes come from a 25-hectare vineyard that boasts a perfect balance between Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s three great soil types: the Galets Roulés (rounded pebble), Safres (fine sand) and Eclats Calcaires (limestone rock).
In 2006, Ogier embraced sustainability as part of their philosophy and have started to convert all of their vineyards to organic cultivation. They have also introduced a unique initiative to local viticulture: parcel-based selection, enabling the appellation’s four great ‘terroirs’ to show their full potential.