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2018 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage

Crozes-Hermitage, France

This is a superb Crozes from a legend of the Rhone Valley. Another great release from Alain and his son Maxine.

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About The Wine

This wine is considered a benchmark for this French appellation. It is the highest-rated Crozes Domaine in France's leading wine guide, Revue du Vin de France's Le Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France, and rightfully so.

It is a tribute to the fastidious organic vineyard practices that Alain, and now his sons, Maxime and Antoine have employed on their great vineyard holdings across the northern Rhone.

The vines are gnarled from decades in the rocky soils of Crozes yet they are manicured and tended with the utmost care.

It's the power and definition in this wine that sets it apart from other examples of the region. It's smoky, spicy, brooding and deep and without question one of the finest examples of Syrah you will find from Crozes-Hermitage.

The legend, Alain Graillot
The legend, Alain Graillot
Rhone Valley, France
Additional Info

From The Distributor

In regards the winemaking, the grapes were loaded (crushed without destemming) into lined concrete vats, and temperatures were brought down to 18°C for a two- to five-day pre-ferment maceration. The fermentation relied on natural yeast and once finished, the wine was aged in used (between one- and seven-year-old) François Frères barriques purchased from some of the finest estates in Burgundy. Since the 2011 vintage, Stockinger ovals have also begun to play a quiet, yet growing, role.

As the notes below make clear, this is a handy release for this wine. Max Graillot’s influence is starting to be felt, with wines of greater texture and complexity upon release. Expect a fluid, bright and fragrant wine with gorgeous fruit, outstanding purity and superb freshness on the close. It doesn’t strike me as wine that will benefit from long aging, although I could easily be wrong. No matter, it is already a wonderful drink.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 13.50%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Alain and his son Maxime
Alain and his son Maxime
Rhone Valley, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

93Points
Vinous

"Inky ruby. Mineral - and spice-accented aromas of ripe dark berries and candied violet show outstanding clarity and lift. At once rich and energetic in the mouth, offering juicy blackberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that slowly turn sweeter on the back half. Shows outstanding clarity on the long, penetrating finish, which features well-judged tannins and lingering floral and spice notes." Josh Raynolds (Vinous)

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