Hermitage Cuvee Autrement

2005 Hermitage Cuvee Autrement Remizieres

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Wine Advocate - Score: 93+ ()

A super-intense version of the Cuvee Emilie is the 2005 Hermitage Autrement. Vinified in 550 liter new oak demi-muids, it is an enormously concentrated, incredibly backward, black-colored, dense, rich wine that requires a decade of cellaring. While virtually impenetrable, it is unquestionably among the most concentrated wines of the 2005 vintage. Run by Philippe Desmeures and his daughter, Emilie, this family owned business is a rarity in Hermitage where virtually everything is dominated by the leading negociants, Paul Jaboulet-Aine, Chapoutier, Delas, and Guigal. There is only a handful of small, artisanal estates such as Jean-Louis Chave, Sorrel, Faurie, Yann Chave, and Desmeures. His 2005 reds have developed beautifully from barrel to bottle. Desmeures and his daughter believe that in the northern Rhone, 2006 has more in common with 1991 than any other vintage since. That’s a legitimate comparison as the 1991s were underrated, had zesty acidity, terrific bouquets, not the greatest density or richness, but enough stuffing for 15 or more years of cellaring for the biggest wines.An excellent source of white wines, readers should not miss the gorgeous 2006s, which eclipse the very good 2005s. The 2005 whites are leaner and more austere, with good acidity, but perhaps not the charming aromatics or lusciousness of the 2006s

Vinous - Score: 93-94 (2007 Jan.)

Inky purple. Initially closed nose opened slowly to reveal deep, liqueur-like dark berry aromas with intense spice character and a strong graphite nuance. Dense, sweet, rich and deep, with mouthfilling creme de mure flavor. For all its size this maintains a sense of elegance and balance, finishing with broad, velvety tannins and a sweet, precise blackberry flavor.