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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 2 
TypeRed
ProducerDomaine des Rémizières (web)
VarietySyrah
Designationl'Essential
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionRhône
SubRegionNorthern Rhône
AppellationHermitage

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2036 (based on 6 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Remizieres Hermitage Cuvee L`Essential on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 94.6 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 17 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by MPAN on 12/24/2015 & rated 91 points: Very dark red; lots of pepper, burned wood, prunes; dark and brooding, tobacco - lots of it; very masculine, good acidity, burning and tannic ending detracting a bit, but otherwise good - a wine with power! (274 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 12/7/2015 & rated 96 points: Opened as part of my Browns suck- Wines don't program. Pop and pour, this took about 30 minutes to get going. Purple/ruby in color. The nose is big but not over ripe or raisined. Black raspberries and plums with some violets and menthol. On the palate, lots of black raspberries and dark chocolate notes. Great texture. Full bodied and supple. Long finish. There is definitely a Hermitage streak here despite the vintage. It does not drink over done or "new world". Beautiful wine. (566 views)
 Tasted by mclanew on 10/24/2015 & rated 96 points: What a monster of a wine. Way too young still as it's just a sensory overload. Huge wine with so much going on flavor wise with a huge body and long long finish. Destined for greatness but put it away for 10 years before trying again. (337 views)
 Tasted by hal0 on 6/25/2015 & rated 90 points: Stewed fruit. Raisins. Hot. (541 views)
 Tasted by TexasBob on 3/12/2015 & rated 90 points: This bottle was considerably less impressive than the last. I will watch the remaining bottles carefully - hopefully it hasn't hit its downhill slide yet. (744 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/2/2015 flawed bottle: Cooked. (588 views)
 Tasted by TMacpherson on 8/21/2014 & rated 99 points: Wow. This was an extraordinary bottle of wine. Really, really enjoyed it. The flavors were sublime and just came wave after wave. The finish was a perfect balance between sweet tannins and perfect dryness. One of the top 10 wines I've ever had from the cellar. (942 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 9/24/2013 & rated 94 points: The color shows maturity, but that is not represented in the wine, which is still youthful. On the nose, the perfume pops with extremely ripe, Port like aromas, with figs, black cherry liqueur, burnt toast and blackberry jam notes. On the palate, the wine is thick, fat, intense, concentrated, and lush. The wine feels like Port on your palate. It is long and packed with black cherry liqueur on the palate. The oak is slightly noticeable in the finish. After 5 hours in the decanter, the wine did not budge. It will be interesting to see how this ages. It could go either way, but for now, it gets the benefit of the doubt. This is a unique style of Hermitage that other wines will never deliver. With a total of 3,994 numbered bottles for sale, it's not an easy wine to find in the marketplace. (2036 views)
 Tasted by vinamok on 10/14/2012: not representativ (1495 views)
 Tasted by TexasBob on 3/2/2012 & rated 94 points: Very dark purple. Nose of freshly-opened medical swab, cotton candy, potpourri, and every red and black fruit you can think of. Wonderful notes of dark chocolate, blackberry, black cherries, licorice with a bit of coffee and tar. Tannins are the stuff wine legends are made of. Cocoa lingers on a finish that lasts forever. Excellent stuff. This wine is in its infancy and will likely last another 30 years. (1614 views)
 Tasted by cardsandwine on 1/23/2011: I found this wine to be over extracted similar the California & Australian fruit bombs. Tons of fruit and alcohol (15.9%). No sense of place. (2028 views)
 Tasted by MPAN on 11/13/2010 & rated 98 points: Dark red; exploding blackcurrant in the nose, very very deep, very intense, some pepper; amazing intensity and depth, dark cherries, very overwhelming; if anything, lacking a bit of structure / acidity; extraordinary (2193 views)
 Tasted by tacman on 8/14/2010 & rated 93 points: Since my last tasting, the oakiness is gone, the dark cherry remains, the dark chocolate is there but without any bitterness ... very voluptuous indeed. (2056 views)
 Tasted by Whitman on 12/3/2009 & rated 98 points: Nose very perfumed with black fruit, chocolate and chrismas-spice. Deep intens and long with fantastic concentration. Classy but not as pure as Chave 2003. This is consistent with last time i had it some years ago. (2034 views)
 Tasted by gorm on 2/20/2009 & rated 96 points: Uncorked DK Sine Qua Non Event (and some pretty interesting jokers...) (Restaurant Premisse, Copenhagen): Dark red. Intense and very herbal nose. Licorice, coffee, some caramel and juniper. Very concentrated and intense, yet light. Seems a bit backward, but not entirely unapproachable. Long aftertaste. Once again the second wine quickly commanded all available attention from the group.
(Uncorked DK average: 95,7 - lowest: 95 - highest: 96) (2791 views)
 Tasted by tacman on 5/17/2008 & rated 92 points: (with bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed w/jack cheese & jalapeno): modest oak with a rich, dark berry/cherry nose, bacon fat, bittersweet dark chocolate; should age well for another several years (if I can wait) (2104 views)
 Tasted by archer752000 on 1/5/2007 & rated 97 points: Impeccable balance. Crushed forest berries wrapped in vanilla pudding on the nose, silky tannins, chocolaty. (2496 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2006, IWC Issue #124
(Domaine des Remizieres (Desmeure) Hermitage L'Essentiel) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, January/Feburary 2005, IWC Issue #118
(Domaine des Remizieres (Desmeure) Hermitage L'Essentiel) Subscribe to see review text.
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Domaine des Rémizières

Producer website - Read More about Domaine Remizieres

Syrah

Varietal article (Wikipedia) | (Wines Northwest)

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

2014 vintage notes:
"The 2014 vintage was challenging in the Rhône: some excellent wines were made, but quality is far from uniform across this diverse region. It served to highlight those producers who strive for quality even under testing circumstances" - Tim Atkin
"Promising grapes: Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne wines in the north look excellent; the south's supporting players Syrah and Mourvèdre performed very well.
Challenging grapes: Syrah in the north varies in quality, while Grenache struggled in the south." - Wine Spectator
"the subtleties of each appellation are more obvious, the taste differences that show the diversity in the soils and the appellations have been accentuated." - Michel Chapoutier

Northern Rhône

Guide to the wines and appellations of the Northern Rhone Valley -

The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Regional History:
Phocaean Greeks established viticulture in the Rhone as far back as 600 BC, but until the 14th century the wines were not seen outside the region. The establishment of the Avignonese Papacy (1305-1377) brought fame to the region's wine-so much so that their Burgundian neighbors to the north banned wines from the Rhone in 1446, a measure that effectively cut off trade with England and other Northern European markets for over 200 years. Stretching southward from Lyon to just south of Avignon, the Rhone produces a wide variety of wines, with the appellations north of Valence producing the least (in volume), and the towns south of Montelimar producing prodigious amounts. As in other regions, the most interesting wines come from small farms. Saint-Joseph, in the northern Rhone, extends for some distance between Condrieu in the north to Saint-Peray in the south. The reds are made from Syrah and the rare whites from Marsanne and Rousanne, and Viognier.

2013 Vintage Notes:
"Philippe Guigal has described this year’s fruit from the northern Rhône as “astonishing” in quality, in sharp contrast to reports of a problematic vintage in the southern part of the valley and elsewhere in France."

Hermitage

Guide to Hermitage wine Guide to Cote Rotie - Read about the Northern Rhone Valley

• The appellation stretches over 3 com­munes in the Drôme "département" : Tain-l'Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Larnage.

• The soils are a combination of grani­te with alluvial quaternary delta depo­sits, and, on the eastern side, Pliocene clay. This diversity explains the nume­rous different names given to vineyard plots within the appellation : Bessards, Greffieux, Méal, Roucoule, Beaumes, etc.

• The meso-climate provides shelter from the north winds, where the majo­rity of the slopes is well exposed, facing south.

•The vineyards area adds up to 134 hectares/331 acres, with an annual production of 3,635 hectoliters. Authorized maxi­mum yield is 40 hectoliters/hectare (2.3 US tons/acres).

• Grape varieties : Syrah (an addition of up to 15% of Marsanne or Roussanne is allowed).

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