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2011 Domaine des Remizieres Crozes-Hermitage Autrement
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91-93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2013

(made with "a lot of fruit from Larnage," which has heavily granitic soils; aged in all new demi-muids):  Opaque purple.  Sexy, oak-spiced black and blue fruit aromas show very good energy and pick up a floral nuance with air.  Sappy, penetrating and spicy, offering intense cassis and blueberry flavors and a jolt of cracked pepper.  Smooth tannins come on late and give shape to a long, appealingly sweet finish.  Desmeure told me that the average age of the vines that provided the fruit for this wine is around 85 years.  

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