2015 Domaine des Remizières Crozes-Hermitage SKU #1272396


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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, St-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. The basic Crozes-Hermitage comes from the hills of Crozes, on clay-limestone soils with bits of galets (stones) scattered throughout the vineyards. They use 100% destemmed Syrah grapes, then age in large oak casks. About as close to a pure expression of Syrah one could hope to find from this often-overlooked wine region. Praise for the producer from Wine Advocate: "One of my favorite Crozes-Hermitage estates is the Domaine des Rémizières...This estate needs to be on every reader’s short list." (JD, 12/2015)

Staff Reviews

  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    K&L Staff Member
    Another fantastic Direct Import under $20! This Northern Rhone Syrah drinks far above its price point and that's why I love our DI program. Complex and expressive with plenty of juicy berry fruit, great mineral notes, earthy olive undertones and some peppery spice. It's balanced and would be great with duck, burgers, roasted meats or winter stews.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    Devotees of Syrah from the northern Rhone know that the best values are often to be found in Saint Joseph or Crozes-Hermitage, but this 2015 bottling from Domaine des Remizieres sets a new standard for quality and price. Deeply colored with a lightly floral nose, the wine offers loads of sweet, ripe blueberry fruit and peppery spice. A complete package here with lively acidity and fine tannins, this is an absolutely astonishing value in a northern Rhone Syrah you can drink tonight.
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    A wine of this quality, at this price, from the heralded Northern Rhone, is virtually unheard of. So I won’t hedge my words— Syrah is home here like nowhere else on earth, and the wines made from this grape are often priced into three figures. So here we are, with this under twenty dollar, excuse me, under fifteen dollar red, a smooth, aromatic wine, decked out in harmonious flavors of licorice, blackcurrant and raspberry, with subtle vanilla oak and integrated tannins. A delicious match for grilled meats and winter stews.
    Top Value!
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    Here is a screaming deal for fans of the Northern Rhone and Syrah lovers in general. This starts out with lifted aromas of white pepper, violets and the faintest hint of game before a burst of crunchy blue and black fruits coat the palate. There is no heaviness or rusticity in this fresh and sweet wine, just a long, cool finish ending with a mineral lift.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    It’s not often you get a wine of this pedigree at such a low price. Northern Rhône Syrahs are the most prestigious and costly in the world and this value-priced Crozes displays the appellation very well: vibrant and concentrated raspberry and blackberry fruit with plenty of earthy spice and full bodied tannins. Aged in traditional foudres for 18 months, the oak element is very subtle and elegant underneath the vibrant fruit. If you enjoy a great Syrah, don’t pass this stellar deal up.​
  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    Deliciously smoky, this stellar entry-level Crozes-Hermitage offers all the herbal, chalky, red-fruited intensity you’d want from Northern Rhône, plus the benefit of the excellent 2015 vintage, for a fraction of the price. Subtly floral on the nose with notes of black raspberry, the Domaine des Remizières is sophisticated but approachable. If I tasted this blind, I would never have believed it could be under twenty dollars, let alone fifteen! A gorgeous find from a new producer I am so excited to support.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    When Jeb Dunnuck said, "this winery needs to be on everyone's short list," I took notice. I scheduled a visit with oenologist Emilie Desmeures when I was in the Rhone Valley earlier this year. We toured the winery and I saw the gorgeous attention to detail and immaculate cellars. We began by tasting the 2015 Crozes from foudre (large oak cask) and I was instantly hooked. The northern Rhone is where the best Syrahs in the world come from but we mostly associate the highly limited Cote Rotie and Hermitage wines and their higher ticket price with the region. Even basic Saint Joseph and Crozes is usually in the $25+ range. But here was a Crozes-Hermitage we could sell well south of $20 that would get everyone's attention and reintroduce them to a region that is too often thought of as "high-end." The 2015 recently arrived and it is as smoking delicious in the bottle as it was in the cask when I tasted it months ago. The wine is loaded with plush red and black fruit, supple tannins, and a beautiful panoply of spices. This is so inviting and yet so classic. I know you'll want to try it and see what we're all excited about but believe me, if you're a fan of good honest Syrah, you'll be back for cases.
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    A textbook, classic French Syrah, this northern Rhone wine delivers intensity of fruit with loads of minerality as well. Beautiful violet color with lifted aromatic notes of black currants, blackberry and earth. There is a lightness to this wine that I find very attractive.


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