2013 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Emilie" Hermitage

SKU #1272398 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Almost always one of my favorite Hermitage in a vintage, the 2013 Hermitage Cuvée Emilie is the top cuvée of this estate and comes mostly from the Les Grandes Vignes lieu-dit, which is located at the very top of Hermitage hill just above the l’Hermite and Bessards lieux-dits. This is cool, granite-laced terroir that ripens upwards of a week to ten days behind the other terroirs. The 2013 reveals an inky purple color to go with tight, inwards notes of black raspberries, crème de cassis, crushed violets and the powdered rock-like minerality that I often associate with Bessards. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, concentrated and with building tannin, it plays in the more elegant style of the vintage, yet has real density, beautiful purity of fruit and will have 15-20 years of overall longevity. Drink: 2015-2035. 93+ (JD)  (12/2015)

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Domaine des Remizieres are 4th Generation winemakers that 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 ha with vineyards in Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Hermitage. The flagship wine of the estate is this Hermitage. The wine is 100% destemmed Syrah from their high density, south facing slopes on the hill of Hermitage. A veritable spice store of aromas, accompanied by gorgeous glycerol fruit, this is a wine that has an immediate sex appeal now but will reward several years in the cellar.

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/22/2016 | Send Email
There’s quite a lot of power in this elegantly crafted Hermitage from our latest direct import, Domaine de Remizières. Made from 40-year-old vines and aged 18 months in new French barriques, there’s focus and depth to this Syrah you don’t often see at this price. There’s plenty of dark and red berried fruit, with tarragon and honeysuckle notes, as well as a solid, firm tannic structure backed by great acid. A few years in the cellar would work wonders for this great value from the Northern Rhone!

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2016 | Send Email
This superb Hermitage proves that you don't have to spend $200 to get a pure and gorgeous expression of one of the northern Rhone's most coveted appellations. The wine is densely packed with black brambly fruit and Asian spices. The tannins are polished and the fruit is sweet with the aromas of garrigue lingering in the background. Given time, this will develop loads of secondary complexity, but what a treat now!

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2016 | Send Email
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This fourth-generation estate is now managed by the Desmeures family, but to be honest, there is little "demure" or reserved about this extraordinary find except the price. Sourced from slow-ripened fruit high on the hill of Hermitage, this deep-hued wine is characterized by complex aromas and firm, concentrated flavors of blackberry, cassis, violets and spice, with plenty of structure and well-knit tannins for those patient enough to wait a decade or more. Still, it is deliciously provocative in its youth....
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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2016 | Send Email
A world-class Syrah in the relatively classic style without the baked fruit or overly alcoholic notes that are ubiquitous across the category. Very much in need of time in the cellar to achieve full potential, but nonetheless drinking wildly well for the age and price. Considering the extreme prices we see out of this appellation, Remizieres is really coming through in a big way to compete with high-end CA and WA Syrah without kowtowing to the overripe style that has become ubiquitous in the category.

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
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Alcohol Content (%): 14