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Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2019


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100% Syrah from Chassis, a very stony site to the south of the hill of Hermitage. Full bodied but fresh and lifted, it's a wine that offers both immediate pleasure and also plenty of unfolding complexity as the wine evolves in the cellar or opens up in the decanter.

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What exactly does it mean to be a reference point wine? Is it just a synonym for "good" or "really good?" Does it mean, "old and established" or "expensive and difficult to find?"

In Crozes-Hermitage, there is only one reference point: Alain Graillot.

Clearly, then, "reference point" does not mean old, for Graillot has only been around since 1985. It also does not mean expensive: Graillot's Crozes-Hermitage remains one of the best values in the Northern Rhône, in just about every vintage.

Graillot’s wines are clean, pure and polished. They are delicious young, so it's tempting to think of them as modern. Yet, peek in the cellar, and you find nothing but tradition. They work with whole clusters and avoid new barriques, for example. It is through precision, good hygiene, and obsessive work in the fields that Graillot achieves these beautiful wines.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 93
"Maxime Graillot has assumed virtual control here, although his father, Alain, is still quite present “to tell me what I’m doing wrong.” Graillot fils is doing a fine job upholding the high standard at this 22-hectare domaine in Chassis, which Alain established in 1985. For many wine lovers this is the touchstone producer of Crozes-Hermitage, and the 2017s and 2018s definitely perform in the top tier of the appellation. Maxime thinks that because of the low yields and small berry size of the 2017s, they’ll be wines to hold on to longer than the 2018s, “which have more lively fruit and, already, better integrated tannins.” 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." -Antonio Galloni

Robert Parker

RP 91-93
"This barrel Crozes Hermitage shows superb aromatics, with hints of black tea accenting cassis and blueberry fruit. Full-bodied, rich and velvety, it reveals some chocolaty notes yet remains remarkably fresh on the finish." -Robert Parker


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  • Style

    Earthy , Minerally , Rich

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  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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