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Sub-$60, 97-Point Hermitage from an Amazing Vintage - One of 2015’s Best Collectible Buys - 01/31/2018 - Rhone Valley

It is always a thrill when a respected wine critic like Jeb Dunnuck takes a shine to a producer that we’ve been touting for a while. Given his 97-point review of the ethereal 2015 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Emilie" Hermitage and, more generally, his glowing assessment of the estate as a whole, we can say with confidence that Dunnuck is on the same page as us regarding Remizières. When you consider the prices for other top named Hermitage are often priced in excess of $200, the value here comes all the more into focus. This is a price that's almost never seen for a top-vintage Hermitage of this stature.

Simply put, Remizières is one of the most exciting estates working in the Rhône today. The Desmeures family pulled out all the stops when crafting this tantalizing red and in the process has shown the heights the 2015 vintage can achieve. Opaque, dense, and brooding, the "Cuvée Emilie" is a massive wine that’s built to impress. This is a wine any fan of the Northern Rhône will want to experience and given our lowest-in-the-country price, it becomes a super-sharp deal that’s not to be missed. While this 2015 can be enjoyed in the near term with a good decanting, it will offer the greatest reward to those who cellar for five-plus years, allowing its many layers to coalesce. It is an age-worthy red if there ever was one. Given the press and excellent price, we expect the "Cuvée Emilie" to move quickly, so don’t delay in securing your bottles today.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2015 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Emilie" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $85) 97 $59.99 View
2015 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Emilie" Hermitage (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 97 $120.00 View


2015 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Emilie" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $85) ($59.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Hermitage Cuvée Emilie comes from the Les Grandes Vignes region of Hermitage (a small part is from Les Rocoules) and was brought up in 100% new French oak. Its inky purple color is followed by sensational notes of charcoal, burning embers, blackberry liqueur and graphite. A huge, rich, and enormously concentrated wine, it has sensational mid-palate depth and stays fresh and lively on the palate, with a firm, concentrated, age-worthy style. It's certainly not for instant gratification and is going to need time. Forget bottles for a good 7-8 years.Unquestionably one of my favorite estates in Crozes-Hermitage, Domaine des Remizières is run by the Desmeures family, with Emilie Desmeures making the wines and her father Philippe managing the vineyards. They have 34 hectares spread between Crozes-Hermitage, Saint Joseph and Hermitage. While they make a relatively modern styled wine, these beauties never lose their Northern Rhône soul and age gracefully." (01/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Roasted beef, savory herbs and espresso notes mark the nose of the 2015 Hermitage Cuvee Emilie. This full-bodied, massively endowed wine is rich and velvety, pushing the limits of ripeness toward fruitcake and dried fruit but staying just this side of my tolerance for that sort of thing. Its already remarkably approachable. (JC)" (12/2017)

93 points Vinous: "Dark purple. Heady, smoke-tinged blueberry, cherry, vanilla and violet aromas show excellent clarity and a touch of olive. Sweet and broad in the mouth, offering deeply concentrated black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors along with a suggestion of fruitcake. The impressively long, supple finish features bright minerally cut, an echo of sweet blue fruit and velvety tannins that come in late. (JR)" (07/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Intense, with inviting blackberry puree, plum reduction and cassis notes coursing through, with a buried graphite edge providing spine. Licorice snap, roasted juniper and warm fruitcake details fill in on the finish, while the fruit drives through. Best from 2020 through 2028. 300 cases made. (JM)" (02/2018)

K&L Notes: The Desmeures family of Domaine des Remizières are fourth-generation winemakers who originally sold grapes to the local cooperative. After completing their winery in 1974, the family began production at their new property. The estate is now managed by Phillipe Desmeures, his daughter Emilie and son Christophe. They have expanded to 30 hectares with vineyards in Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Hermitage. Emilie now oversees the winemaking, with her brother Christophe tending to the vineyards. We were excited to add them to our lineup of Direct Imports last year, especially once Jeb Dunnuck of Wine Advocate proclaimed, "This estate needs to be on every reader’s short list." We visited them on our recent trip to do some 2015 and 2016 barrel sampling, and there is going to be a lot to like. Meanwhile, all of the Remizières wines are available in limited quantities, so get these on your "short list" or you may end up on the waiting list.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 29, 2018

I've been fortunate enough to visit the cellars of Remizières a couple of times now and it is always an impressive journey. The attention to detail that Emilie and her brother Christophe Desmeures have is evident throughout. This is fully revealed upon wandering the rows of concrete tanks, the beautiful barrique, and the large foudre - all of which are of the highest quality. From top to bottom, whether it be an entry Crozes, small parcel selections like the Cuvee Christophe, or to the top tier Cuvee Emilie Hermitage, the wines have beautifully delineated fruit and clarity of terroir. It's no surprise that the 2015 "Cuvee Emilie" Hermitage was a huge standout. First tasted from tank in 2016, it was deeply concentrated loaded with raspberry coulis and coffee notes. It was one of the reasons we struck up our direct relationship with them. In early 2017, we visited again to check the progress of the wines and it had gone from an almost overwhelming mouth-filler to a classic Hermitage. Deep dark fruit with harmonious flavors of roasted black raspberries, candied dates, and soft notes of vanilla and sassafras. The wine was still mouth filling, but all the final components had been married together for bottling and it showed the detail and poise I had come to expect after tasting all their other wines. There was a nationwide distributor that originally imported the Remizières wines with severe mark-ups, but our direct relationship provides a clear path t

2015 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Emilie" Hermitage (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) ($120.00)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Hermitage Cuvée Emilie comes from the Les Grandes Vignes region of Hermitage (a small part is from Les Rocoules) and was brought up in 100% new French oak. Its inky purple color is followed by sensational notes of charcoal, burning embers, blackberry liqueur and graphite. A huge, rich, and enormously concentrated wine, it has sensational mid-palate depth and stays fresh and lively on the palate, with a firm, concentrated, age-worthy style. It's certainly not for instant gratification and is going to need time. Forget bottles for a good 7-8 years.Unquestionably one of my favorite estates in Crozes-Hermitage, Domaine des Remizières is run by the Desmeures family, with Emilie Desmeures making the wines and her father Philippe managing the vineyards. They have 34 hectares spread between Crozes-Hermitage, Saint Joseph and Hermitage. While they make a relatively modern styled wine, these beauties never lose their Northern Rhône soul and age gracefully." (01/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Roasted beef, savory herbs and espresso notes mark the nose of the 2015 Hermitage Cuvee Emilie. This full-bodied, massively endowed wine is rich and velvety, pushing the limits of ripeness toward fruitcake and dried fruit but staying just this side of my tolerance for that sort of thing. Its already remarkably approachable. (JC)" (12/2017)

93 points Vinous: "Dark purple. Heady, smoke-tinged blueberry, cherry, vanilla and violet aromas show excellent clarity and a touch of olive. Sweet and broad in the mouth, offering deeply concentrated black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors along with a suggestion of fruitcake. The impressively long, supple finish features bright minerally cut, an echo of sweet blue fruit and velvety tannins that come in late. (JR)" (07/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Intense, with inviting blackberry puree, plum reduction and cassis notes coursing through, with a buried graphite edge providing spine. Licorice snap, roasted juniper and warm fruitcake details fill in on the finish, while the fruit drives through. Best from 2020 through 2028. 300 cases made. (JM)" (02/2018)

K&L Notes: The Desmeures family of Domaine des Remizières are fourth-generation winemakers who originally sold grapes to the local cooperative. After completing their winery in 1974, the family began production at their new property. The estate is now managed by Phillipe Desmeures, his daughter Emilie and son Christophe. They have expanded to 30 hectares with vineyards in Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Hermitage. Emilie now oversees the winemaking, with her brother Christophe tending to the vineyards. We were excited to add them to our lineup of Direct Imports last year, especially once Jeb Dunnuck of Wine Advocate proclaimed, "This estate needs to be on every reader’s short list." We visited them on our recent trip to do some 2015 and 2016 barrel sampling, and there is going to be a lot to like. Meanwhile, all of the Remizières wines are available in limited quantities, so get these on your "short list" or you may end up on the waiting list.