Crozes Hermitage Rouge: Alain Graillot 2012
Alain Graillot's world-renowned red Crozes Hermitage has a beguiling bouquet of black hedgerow berries a wealth of ripe damson and dark plum tastes, a good palate-cleansing acidity and fine-grained tannins.
Alain Graillot left a career in agro-chemicals in 1985 to follow a dream with a rented parcel of vines, on the site of a former pig farm, on the Chassis plateau between Tain l’Hermitage and Pont l’Isère in the appellation of Crozes Hermitage in the Northern Rhône. Today Alain is one of the most widely respected wine-makers in the Rhône valley whose wines grace the list of France’s finest restaurants and who counts many celebrated wine-makers among his circle of friends. The Graillot philosophy is as simple as it is successful – to produce appealing, sensibly-priced wines that people will want to drink. Today Alain’s vineyard is comprised of 17.3 hectares of Syrah vines and 2.6 hectares of Marsanne and Roussanne vines (planted in a ratio of 80% Marasanne to 20% Roussanne) which surround his cellars at Les Chênes Verts. This is a great source of clean but characterful, fruit-accentuated red and white Crozes Hermitage for gratifying forward drinking. In favourable vintages Alain also produces small volumes of a more age-worthy, denser Crozes Hermitage called ‘La Guiraude’. Minimal volumes of Saint Joseph and Hermitage are also made. Since 2004 Alain’s son Maxime (born in 1977) has followed in his father’s footsteps and has been producing a fruity red Crozes Hermitage from a neighbouring 6.5 hectare vineyard at Beaumont-Monteux.
- Red Wine, Dry (Sec), Medium-bodied
- Rhone, Crozes-Hermitage
- Alain Graillot
- Grape variety (Cépage):
- Wine pairing - drink with:
- Duck, Pheasant and Game
- This wine is suited to medium-term drinking at 2-5 years of age but can keep well for at least a decade in superior vintages.
- Grapes are vinified with their stems (20-30% whole grapes) for three weeks in stainless steel vats, preceded by a cold maceration without sulphur. The wine is then racked off its lees with up to 50% being aged in small young Burgundy casks before being blended and bottled a year or so later.
- Alcohol by Volume (ABV):
What others think of this wine...
Jeb Dunnock says:"...it has a classic feel in its beautiful dark fruit, ground pepper and damp earth-driven bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, supple, elegant and beautifully balanced, drink it over the coming 7-8 years. 90/100, drink 2014-2022"
John Livingstone-Learmonth - Drinkrhone.com says:Red fruit surges inside the bouquet... This goes down well on the palate, is a good example of 2012, offers free run fruit, has appealing body. This will be silky in time, has a crunchy finale for now, is lively... There is great gusto in this year’s wine. It ends freshly, with foundation. 12 years.
One Minute Review - Crozes Hermitage: Alain Graillot
Jason Yapp reviews the red Crozes Hermitage from Alain Graillot - a cornerstone of the Yapp Brothers list and a benchmark of the appellation.