Crozes-Hermitage: Alain Graillot Blanc 2020
"A blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne, aged in equal parts stainless steel tank and 600-liter demi-muids, Graillot's 2020 Crozes Hermitage Blanc features slightly honeyed notes on the nose, plus hints of pear and pineapple. It's medium-bodied, fresh, direct and clean, an early-drinking charmer, even if it lacks the richness of some vintages. Drink 2023 - 2035. 89/100."
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate.
An elegant blend of Marsanne and Roussanne from one of the Rhône's leading winemakers. Not for nothing is this Crozes-Hermitage Blanc the favourite Rhône white of many a wine journalist!
Alain Graillot's white Crozes-Hermitage, which is now bottled under screwcap for freshness, is made from a classic wine blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne. It has attractive apricot and wild flower aromas and a fresh, mineral-edged palate with subtle white peach flavours and a clean, dry finish.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Marsanne, Roussanne|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, White Fish|
|Cellarage||This white Crozes-Hermitage wine is best drunk young, within four years of vintage.|
|Vinification||Half the white crop is vinified in 2 to 8 year old casks (for rondeur) and half at lower temperatures in cave (for fruit). The malolactic fermentation is blocked and the wine is then lightly fined with bentonite and and then sterile filtered prior to an April bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||12.5|
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% Marsanne 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 wines 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.
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