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2014 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Emilie" Hermitage (Previously $55)

SKU #1289299 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Coming primarily from the sites of Grandes Vignes and Rocoules, and brought up in 100% new French oak, the 2014 Hermitage Cuvee Emilie sports a deep purple color as well as gorgeous notes of cassis, scorched earth, campfire, bouquet garni and crème brûlée. Possessing full-bodied richness, moderate, yet sweet tannin and no hard edges, it will benefit from a year or two of bottle age and have 10-15 years of prime drinking. It’s a terrific 2014 that’s up with the top wines in the vintage. Drink now through 2032. (JD)  (9/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Very inviting, with aromas and flavors of warm raspberry and boysenberry pâte de fruit leading the way, backed by blueberry reduction, fruitcake and dark licorice notes. Has solid structure, but this is polished and integrated, revealing a very flattering feel through the spice-infused finish. (JM)  (9/2016)

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: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/26/2018 | Send Email
Keep in mind that Hermitage can only come from one beautiful hillside above the town of Tain l’Hermitage. Just one. The granite soils, the steep slopes, and perfect south-facing rows produce a wine unlike any other. Due to these limitations, you typically pay an arm and a leg for the world’s greatest expression of Syrah. The 2014 Remizieres “Cuvee Emilie” was priced so reasonably I swore that there had to be something off about it. There isn’t. This is stone-cold Hermitage, with insanely dense concentration, and a formidable wall of tannin that ensures this wine will be drinking great for years to come. I was further shocked at how well the wine performed after a decanting. This is a total gateway Hermitage for anyone who has been curious about the wines but turned off by the price. This one is worth it.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/16/2018 | Send Email
Another example of what Syrah should REALLY taste like! Deep, blackberry fruit, hints of chalk and licorice, lush, full and complex. The finish goes on and on and on. Simply put, just a wonderful release from this producer that gives immediate gratification and pleasure.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2017 | Send Email
Entirely destemmed, the rouge captures the purity of Hermitage. It is deep and profound and requires just a short time in your cellar or maybe a long decant before consumption.

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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