2015 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Christophe" Crozes-Hermitage

SKU #1339365 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 From one of my favorite estates in Crozes-Hermitage, the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Cuvée Christophe comes from loamy (kaolins) soils and was brought up in 70% new French oak. Hermitage-like with its cassis and blackberry fruits, scorched earth and graphite aromatics, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, terrific purity, ripe tannin and outstanding length. It's a smoking good Crozes that will drink nicely for a decade or more. 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. (JD)  (1/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Cuvee Christophe shows some toast and vanilla shadings on the nose but also peppery notes and hints of cherry preserves. It’s medium to full-bodied, rich and concentrated, with a long, tannic finish. (JC)  (12/2017)

92 points Vinous

 Opaque ruby. Deep-pitched black currant, cherry liqueur, olive and smoked meat aromas are energized by a suggestion of black pepper. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense cherry, dark berry and fruitcake flavors that pick up a spicy nuance on the back half. Rich yet lively, finishing very long and juicy; dusty tannins frame the lingering dark fruit. (JR)  (7/2017)

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: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2018 | Send Email
A very classic Northern Rhône Syrah with its characteristic violets, vanila and meat aromatics, along with blood orange and white pepper. Very good wine to pair with all kinds of stews and Indian food as well.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/9/2018 | Send Email
This is now our third year working with Remizieres and each year the wines just keep delivering more and more. This is a rubber meets the road kind of vintage, where a really good producer in what is one of the greatest years on record delivering what will surely be an iconic bottle of wine. And it's only $25 a bottle? The "Cuvee Christophe" comes from the most select parcels of the Crozes portion of the estates property and it shows. The vines average age is around 65, all on clay-limestone soils. Where the basic Crozes had lovely pointed fruit, this "Christophe" comes from a much deeper place. Layers of blue and black fruit aromas unfold on the nose and deliver a rich saturated palate in the mouth. There is so much going on, I couldn't get my notes down fast enough. Sexy now but oh what a sweet treat to find some (or in my case many) bottles stashed in a cellar in a few years. And it's only $25! Do not miss this!!

Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2018 | Send Email
Domaine Des Remizieres masterfully vinifies very approachable Syrah's and this is no exception. This is a fresh and powerful all at once. Ripe, rich dark fruit, lifted floral aromatics, earthy clay notes and tons of spice. Drink now with some decanting to really open it up, or stash some away for your future self. You'll be glad you did!

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2018 | Send Email
The warmth of the 2015 vintage has seemingly taken this wine to another level. The fruit appears riper and more concentrated than usual yet possesses an underlying structure and freshness of a more typical vintage. This wonderful Crozes opens with aromas of meaty ripe black fruit, earth and licorice that continue on the palate with fine grain imbedded tannins and a long finish. The wines of Remizieres continue to go from strength to strength.

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2018 | Send Email
The Cuvee Christophe from Domaine Des Remizieres is one outstanding bottle of syrah. The flavor profile is dark fruited, robust, yet still kicking with a nice amount of acidity and structure. It's a perfect example of what syrah should taste like. Definitely worth a whirl, especially at the price point.

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2018 | Send Email
I am so excited for our customers to taste this wine. 2015 was certainly the vintage where a strong fruit profile was in the spotlight but Emile and Christophe Desmeures have once again demonstrated their deft hands in winemaking when it comes to balanced, elegantly restrained and delightful wines. Concentrated floral and fresh berry aromas are prominent in the nose yet on the palate the fruit dances with the savory notes of Syrah, some present but fine tannins and a delicate finish. Beautiful.

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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

- 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.
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.
Specific Appellation:

Hermitage/Crozes-Hermitage

Alcohol Content (%): 14