2018 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Christophe" Crozes-Hermitage

SKU #1512706 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Cuvée Christophe is one of the flagship releases from this estate. It always has a modern style, yet I never feel it loses any classic Northern Rhône character. Deep blue/purple, with a beautiful nose of cassis, spiced meat, pepper, and graphite, it's medium to full-bodied and has integrated background oak, plenty of mid-palate depth, and a great finish. It shows the ripe, sexy style of the vintage yet has acidity and tannins. Inner quote mark (11/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Impressively dark and saturated, bursting with blackberries and cassis, the 2018 Crozes Hermitage Cuvee Christophe is an excellent effort. Full-bodied yet fresh, mouthfilling and intense, it delivers well above the norm for the appellation, adding a long, velvety finish to its considerable list of assets. Sourced from Larnage and aged in 70% new oak, the fruit has the requisite concentration to handle the wood for a decade or more of longevity. Bravo! (JC) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Sprays of cinnamon, clove and cedar accent plush black currant and blueberry in this varietal Syrah sourced from vines averaging 65 years in age. Matured 15 months in a combination of new (70%) and oneyear old (30%) oak barrels, it’s a rich, sultry wine shaded by crushed stones, smoke and licorice. Ripe, silky tannins make it ready to enjoy now but this structured wine should improve through 2030. (AI) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

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. The Cuvee Christophe is 100% Syrah from the predominantly limestone based soils in their holdings. The grapes are destemmed and fermented in large oak tanks and the wine is aged in a mix of new and used oak barrels. It is full bodied and inky in profile, deep and weighty on the palate and 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.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/1/2022 | Send Email
The "Cuvée Christophe" comes from the most select parcels of the Crozes portion of Remizières' property. The vines average around 65 years of age, all on clay-limestone soils. Like all past "Christophes," this follows a string of successful vintages that showcase the winery's focus on richness and depth of fruit. This should put it on the short list of collectibles from the region. The sexiness of the 2018 is self-evident with the first whiff from the glass of blueberry compote and wild lavender. The palate is saturated with this decadent fruit, but the tannins and acidity provide a seamless frame for it all to rest upon. Like all young "Christophes," this is approachable now with its polished mix of sweet and savory flavors (I drank a bottle over the course of two days to watch it open and unfold) but will weather well in the cellar for just a few years more. Another great vintage from our friends at Remizières!

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/14/2021 | Send Email
The Syrah grape has long had a love affair with the terrain, climate, and soils of the Northern Rhône, as evidenced by this extraordinary offering from Domaine de Remizières. Embellished with smoothly polished, almost velvety black fruits, with a generous core of cassis, pepper, tar, and wildflowers, this classic Rhône beauty will effortlessly grace your table and pair wonderfully well with a rich, spicy lamb and eggplant moussaka.

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