Domaine Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage 2014 750ml - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

Domaine Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage 2014

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Domaine Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage 2014 750ml


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Made by famed Crozes-Hermitage pioneer Alain Graillot, this is exuberant and expressive, showing the complexity of the appellation.  Alain does not de-stem using whole bunches in a traditional way and ages his wines in used Burgundy barrels. Made of 100% Syrah, this is an amazing match for grilled meats, aged cheeses, dark olives and breads.

Alain Graillot founded his domaine in Crozes-Hermitage in 1985, and rapidly became one of the most in-demand producers in the Northern Rhône for his robust, and multi-layered Syrah-based wines. Alain owns 50 acres of 30-year-old Crozes-Hermitage vines on the flat alluvial plain between the Rhône and Isère rivers, in well-draining soils of sand, gravel, and stones. He also has two tiny parcels in St. Joseph, from which he makes a slightly fresher, more early-drinking wine than the remarkable Crozes-Hermitage that constitutes the majority of his production.

Alain harvests by hand and works organically, employing whole-cluster fermentation and aging the wines primarily in 1-to-3 year old barrels purchased from some of the top estates in Burgundy. In great years, he makes tiny quantities of a barrel selection knows as “La Guiraude,” a rare and spectacular wine. Graillot’s wines are structured, but still very appealing and approachable in their youth, and their longevity is truly remarkable… These are must-haves for any serious Northern Rhône fan.

Category Red Wine
Region France, Rhone, Crozes-Hermitage
Brand Domaine Alain Graillot
Alcohol/vol 13%
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VinousBright violet. Penetrating, spice-tinged scents of fresh blackberry, licorice, smoky minerals and violet. Silky and lively on the palate; flavors of fresh dark berries and spicecake show a suave floral quality. Smooth, forward and appealingly sweet, with a fine dusting of closing tannins and very good, spicy persistence.

Antonio Galloni