Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 2020


Expressive bright red and dark berry, smoked meat, olive and floral qualities on the spice-accented nose. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering gently sweet cherry-cola, blackberry and baking spice flavors that show fine detail and a mineral, back-end lift. Finishes very long and subtly chewy, with repeating smokiness, harmonious tannins and strong persistence.

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Domaine Alain Graillot is the undisputed king of Crozes-Hermitage. Having consistently produced an honest reflection of the Northern Rhône for 25 years, Alain’s son Maxime Graillot took over from him in 2008. The wines however are still made in an elegant, old-school style. Favouring savouriness and fragrance over oak and sweetness, whole bunch fermentation is key with the Graillot’s organically-farmed, old vine Syrah. Crozes-Hermitage is the largest appellation in the Northern Rhône and stretches from the back end of Hermitage hill over flatter and more sandy soils.

Alain sadly passed away in 2022, but his legacy will live on, thanks to his son Maxime who is continuing his fathers great passion. Alain was responsible for revolutionising the expectations of Crozes, the “flatlands” that he farmed as if it was Hermitage Hill. His first love was Burgundy, but he bought this piece of land from an old lady about 30 years ago and started on a unique journey. It’s as if he managed to give Crozes the elegant touch of Burgundy.

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