Domaine des Remizières is a legendary wine estate that has existed for many generations. It is best known for its critically acclaimed and highly prized wines, Hermitage and St-Joseph. The less famous wines offer excellent value for money and allow you to enjoy all the richness, elegance, and flavors of the Northern Rhone terroir without being discouraged by the cost of a pricey wine.
The vast Remizières estate stretches across Northern Rhone, from Mercurol to Crozes-Hermitage, through Tain and Hermitage. Therefore, the winemaker can obtain each year the best available fruit in the region. Syrah – the central component of this appellation – is thinned out in accordance to the estate’s standard practice.
Philippe is the third generation of his family to farm their property, but 1996 was the first vintage he controlled. The family owns vineyards in Hermitage and Crozes Hermitage ranging in age from 20 to over 60 years of age. Philippe produces fresh, bright and toasty whites from both appellations as well as the classic deep, dark and dense reds based on 100% Syrah, which are named after his daughter Emilie and son Christophe. Today, Emilie has a degree in oenology and assists Philippe in the winery.
Philippe concentrates his wines by maintaining low yields and harvesting when fully ripe. His wines are fermented in barrel and kept on their lees for an extended period. Very little SO2 is used and the wines are not fined or filtered. Bottling is done gently to prevent oxidation and loss of freshness.
This soft-spoken winemaker has quickly catapulted his estate into the top rank of producers in the Northern Rhône. Wines of this quality from St. Joseph would have been unthinkable 15 years ago. This kind of concentration, complexity and minerality cannot be taken for granted in Hermitage-even at twice the price, making the value found here something truly special.
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