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

SKU #1342863 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.  (1/2018)

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. It’s 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)  (7/2017)

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)  (2/2018)

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.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/29/2018 | Send Email
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 to a benchmark wine for the best price in the US market. On a side note, we had lunch with the Desmeures clan after our cellar visit last year and they brought out some older Crozes and Hermitages for us to taste through. With the beauty and complexity those wines displayed, there is no doubt the 2015 Cuvee Emilie Hermitage will have a long a prolific life and should round out to be one of their greatest wines produced.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- 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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Hermitage/Crozes-Hermitage

Alcohol Content (%): 14