2015 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Christophe" Crozes-Hermitage SKU #1339365


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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 of Wine Advocate proclaimed, "This estate needs to be on every reader’s short list." We visited them on our recent trip to do some 2015 and 2016 barrel 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.

Staff Reviews

  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    A very classic Northern Rhône Syrah with its characteristic violets, vanila and meat aromatics, along with blood orange and white pepper. Very good wine to pair with all kinds of stews and Indian food as well.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    This is now our third year working with Remizieres and each year the wines just keep delivering more and more. This is a rubber meets the road kind of vintage, where a really good producer in what is one of the greatest years on record delivering what will surely be an iconic bottle of wine. And it's only $25 a bottle? The "Cuvee Christophe" comes from the most select parcels of the Crozes portion of the estates property and it shows. The vines average age is around 65, all on clay-limestone soils. Where the basic Crozes had lovely pointed fruit, this "Christophe" comes from a much deeper place. Layers of blue and black fruit aromas unfold on the nose and deliver a rich saturated palate in the mouth. There is so much going on, I couldn't get my notes down fast enough. Sexy now but oh what a sweet treat to find some (or in my case many) bottles stashed in a cellar in a few years. And it's only $25! Do not miss this!!
  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    K&L Staff Member
    Domaine Des Remizieres masterfully vinifies very approachable Syrah's and this is no exception. This is a fresh and powerful all at once. Ripe, rich dark fruit, lifted floral aromatics, earthy clay notes and tons of spice. Drink now with some decanting to really open it up, or stash some away for your future self. You'll be glad you did!
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    The warmth of the 2015 vintage has seemingly taken this wine to another level. The fruit appears riper and more concentrated than usual yet possesses an underlying structure and freshness of a more typical vintage. This wonderful Crozes opens with aromas of meaty ripe black fruit, earth and licorice that continue on the palate with fine grain imbedded tannins and a long finish. The wines of Remizieres continue to go from strength to strength.
  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    K&L Staff Member
    The Cuvee Christophe from Domaine Des Remizieres is one outstanding bottle of syrah. The flavor profile is dark fruited, robust, yet still kicking with a nice amount of acidity and structure. It's a perfect example of what syrah should taste like. Definitely worth a whirl, especially at the price point.
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    I am so excited for our customers to taste this wine. 2015 was certainly the vintage where a strong fruit profile was in the spotlight but Emile and Christophe Desmeures have once again demonstrated their deft hands in winemaking when it comes to balanced, elegantly restrained and delightful wines. Concentrated floral and fresh berry aromas are prominent in the nose yet on the palate the fruit dances with the savory notes of Syrah, some present but fine tannins and a delicate finish. Beautiful.


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