2016 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Emilie" Hermitage Blanc

SKU #1325186 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Almost entirely Marsanne from two parcels in the Maison Blanche lieu-dit, the 2016 Hermitage Cuvee Emilie Blanc shows little oak on the nose, despite having been barrel-fermented in close to two-thirds new oak. Hints of toasted grain do pop up, but the dominant features are melon, citrus and zesty, briny length. This should age well. (JC)  (12/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Seductive, with creamed melon, pear, apricot and apple fruit flavors gliding together, stitched with warm brioche and macadamia nut notes. Opulent finish. (JM)  (12/2017)

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 proclaimed in Wine Advocate, "This estate needs to be on every reader’s short list." The Emilie Blanc is nearly 100% Marsanne with a splash of Roussanne to round out the cuvee.

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Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/26/2018 | Send Email
Hermitage blanc is something special. From a single hillside vineyard above the Tain L’Hermitage, the appellation is typically well known for its ageable reds, but are rare due to the small size of the hillside. White Hermitage is even more rare. Yet, it stands as one of the worlds great white wines that age beautifully, and showcases rich complexity. At its price-point the Remizieres is an absolute steal. It shows rich melon and honeyed tones with tart apple, and a finish that goes on and on. This is a stone-cold serious wine that will only get better with time.

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- If you've ever enjoyed the white wines of France's Rhône Valley, then you've probably inhaled the intoxicating honeysuckle and almond perfume of Marsanne. Most often blended with Roussanne and, increasingly, Viognier, Marsanne adds body and perfume to the wines of St-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and St-Péray. It also planted in small amounts in Australia and the United States, where California's Rhône Rangers have embraced it. Aliases include Ermitage, Hermitage Blanc, Marsana and Grosse Roussette.


- 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