2016 Domaine des Rémizières "Cuvée Christophe" Crozes-Hermitage

SKU #1402278 92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Moving to the 2016, all of which were tasted from bottle, the 2016 Crozes Hermitage Cuvée Christophe is a rich, powerful Crozes in the vintage. Brought up in 70% new French oak, it offers a rich array of crème de cassis, jammy blackberries, toasted spice, and subtle oak. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully textured on the palate, it's drinking nicely today yet will be even better with a year or two of bottle age and keep through 2026+. 92+  (12/2018)

92 points Vinous

 Inky ruby. Powerful black and blue fruit, smoky bacon, mocha and licorice aromas are sharpened by black pepper and zesty mineral notes. Offers concentrated blueberry, bitter cherry, vanilla and spicecake flavors that show very good clarity and open up steadily with aeration. Displays a deft blend of depth and energy and finishes very long and supple, with fine-grained tannins framing the densely packed dark fruit. (JR)  (4/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Beautifully pure and sleek, with a beam of cassis and raspberry puree flavors gliding through, flecked with violet and anise notes and backed by a streak of iron. The fruit takes an encore. Drink now through 2030. 1,200 cases made. (JM)  (8/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Crozes-Hermitage Cuvee Christophe boasts some lovely notes of pepper, violets and black raspberries but also a veneer of cedar and vanilla. It's creamy and lush across the medium to full-bodied palate, with the oak playing too prominent a role, and coming across as slightly popcorn-like on the long finish.  (12/2018)

K&L Notes

This straight Syrah hails from the relatively cool climate of Crozes-Hermitage, but is full bodied and inky in profile. Deep and weighty on the palate, it has incredible, earthy depth and classic smoky pepper notes to round out its deep cassis fruit. Although this varietal can sometimes present a rather tannic front, Domaine des Remizières does an excellent job here, integrating and managing the tannin perfectly. They use a touch of French oak to finish out the wine and add balance to the intensity of the Syrah.


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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