Domaine Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage

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Northern Rhone


“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.” Josh Reynolds, Vinous

“Maxime Graillot (Alain's son) manages this superb domain, located on the broad plains of les Chassis. Unfortunately, Graillot estimates they lost 50% of their crop in 2019 because of hail damage. Thankfully, the domaine is looking at two very good years in 2017 and 2018.” Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate

“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.” 93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous

“Maxime Graillot was confident that he will bottle a La Guiraude from 2018, but the selection hadn't yet been made at the time of my visit. This barrel of 2018 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.” 91-93 points, Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate

“Alluring, with alder, juniper and bay leaf aromas already pulling you in before the crushed cherry and plum fruit shows itself. An iron note curls around the finish, pulling everything together and bringing you back for more. Drink now through 2028.” 93 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator