2015 Domaine des Remizières Crozes-Hermitage

SKU #1272396 90 points Vinous

 Bright violet. Spice-accented dark berry and cherry aromas show good clarity and a complementary floral nuance. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering juicy blackberry and cherry flavors and a touch of salty olive. Fine-grained tannins lend shape to the finish, which hangs on with very good, spice-tinged persistence. (JR)  (7/2017)

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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, St-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. The basic Crozes-Hermitage comes from the hills of Crozes, on clay-limestone soils with bits of galets (stones) scattered throughout the vineyards. They use 100% destemmed Syrah grapes, then age in large oak casks. About as close to a pure expression of Syrah one could hope to find from this often-overlooked wine region. Praise for the producer from Wine Advocate: "One of my favorite Crozes-Hermitage estates is the Domaine des Rémizières...This estate needs to be on every reader’s short list." (JD, 12/2015)

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/27/2017 | Send Email
Another fantastic Direct Import under $20! This Northern Rhone Syrah drinks far above its price point and that's why I love our DI program. Complex and expressive with plenty of juicy berry fruit, great mineral notes, earthy olive undertones and some peppery spice. It's balanced and would be great with duck, burgers, roasted meats or winter stews.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2017 | Send Email
Devotees of Syrah from the northern Rhone know that the best values are often to be found in Saint Joseph or Crozes-Hermitage, but this 2015 bottling from Domaine des Remizieres sets a new standard for quality and price. Deeply colored with a lightly floral nose, the wine offers loads of sweet, ripe blueberry fruit and peppery spice. A complete package here with lively acidity and fine tannins, this is an absolutely astonishing value in a northern Rhone Syrah you can drink tonight.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2016 | Send Email
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A wine of this quality, at this price, from the heralded Northern Rhone, is virtually unheard of. So I won’t hedge my words— Syrah is home here like nowhere else on earth, and the wines made from this grape are often priced into three figures. So here we are, with this under twenty dollar, excuse me, under fifteen dollar red, a smooth, aromatic wine, decked out in harmonious flavors of licorice, blackcurrant and raspberry, with subtle vanilla oak and integrated tannins. A delicious match for grilled meats and winter stews.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/6/2016 | Send Email
Here is a screaming deal for fans of the Northern Rhone and Syrah lovers in general. This starts out with lifted aromas of white pepper, violets and the faintest hint of game before a burst of crunchy blue and black fruits coat the palate. There is no heaviness or rusticity in this fresh and sweet wine, just a long, cool finish ending with a mineral lift.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/22/2016 | Send Email
It’s not often you get a wine of this pedigree at such a low price. Northern Rhône Syrahs are the most prestigious and costly in the world and this value-priced Crozes displays the appellation very well: vibrant and concentrated raspberry and blackberry fruit with plenty of earthy spice and full bodied tannins. Aged in traditional foudres for 18 months, the oak element is very subtle and elegant underneath the vibrant fruit. If you enjoy a great Syrah, don’t pass this stellar deal up.​

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2016 | Send Email
Deliciously smoky, this stellar entry-level Crozes-Hermitage offers all the herbal, chalky, red-fruited intensity you’d want from Northern Rhône, plus the benefit of the excellent 2015 vintage, for a fraction of the price. Subtly floral on the nose with notes of black raspberry, the Domaine des Remizières is sophisticated but approachable. If I tasted this blind, I would never have believed it could be under twenty dollars, let alone fifteen! A gorgeous find from a new producer I am so excited to support.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2016 | Send Email
When Jeb Dunnuck said, "this winery needs to be on everyone's short list," I took notice. I scheduled a visit with oenologist Emilie Desmeures when I was in the Rhone Valley earlier this year. We toured the winery and I saw the gorgeous attention to detail and immaculate cellars. We began by tasting the 2015 Crozes from foudre (large oak cask) and I was instantly hooked. The northern Rhone is where the best Syrahs in the world come from but we mostly associate the highly limited Cote Rotie and Hermitage wines and their higher ticket price with the region. Even basic Saint Joseph and Crozes is usually in the $25+ range. But here was a Crozes-Hermitage we could sell well south of $20 that would get everyone's attention and reintroduce them to a region that is too often thought of as "high-end." The 2015 recently arrived and it is as smoking delicious in the bottle as it was in the cask when I tasted it months ago. The wine is loaded with plush red and black fruit, supple tannins, and a beautiful panoply of spices. This is so inviting and yet so classic. I know you'll want to try it and see what we're all excited about but believe me, if you're a fan of good honest Syrah, you'll be back for cases.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2016 | Send Email
A textbook, classic French Syrah, this northern Rhone wine delivers intensity of fruit with loads of minerality as well. Beautiful violet color with lifted aromatic notes of black currants, blackberry and earth. There is a lightness to this wine that I find very attractive.

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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.


- 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.
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Alcohol Content (%): 14