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2017 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Emilie" Hermitage

SKU #1497363 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Sporting a saturated purple color as well as blockbuster notes of blackcurrants, camphor, crushed rock, pen ink, and graphite, the 2017 Hermitage Cuvée Emilie hits the palate with full-bodied richness, an expansive, opulent texture, ample tannins, and a great finish. It has a kiss of background oak (this cuvée is raised all in new oak) yet stays fresh, pure, and flawlessly balanced. 96+ Inner quote mark (12/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Hermitage Cuvée Emilie is sourced largely from les Grandes Vignes, a granitic lieu-dit located above l'Ermite. Aged 15 months in new barriques, the wood is barely noticeable, dominated by powerful cassis and blueberry flavors enhanced by subtle herbal shadings. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, with a long, silky finish, this is a top-flight effort that should be drinkable soon, yet easily age for a decade and a half. (JC) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Inky violet. Powerful, mineral-accented cherry and boysenberry scents are complicated by hints of exotic spices, candied flowers, vanilla and licorice. Supple and broad in the mouth, offering weighty blue fruit preserve, spicecake and violet pastille flavors that become sweeter as the wine stretches out. The floral and spice notes carry strongly through the impressively long finish, which shows outstanding clarity and velvety, slow-building tannins. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is quite complex and very youthful with ripe dark cherries, chocolate and red plums, as well as slate and dark stones. The palate has a very succulent and gently grainy feel with a rich, dark-cherry and blackberry core and brash, youthful tannins. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

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 a couple of years ago, especially once Jeb Dunnuck of Wine Advocate proclaimed, "This estate needs to be on every reader’s short list." We visited them on last year's trip to do some 2016 and 2017 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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