Crozes Hermitage: Domaine des Lises 2018
"Opaque ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented dark berries and a hint of licorice on the lively nose. Subtly sweet blackberry and cherry flavors show very good clarity and energy and pick up a suave floral quality with aeration. Displays fine definition and strong, spicy lift on the persistent, gently tannic finish, which leaves lingering cherry and exotic spice notes behind. 92/100."
Josh Raynolds - vinous.com
This red Crozes-Hermitage is the principal wine produced by Alain Graillot's son Maxime, called 'Domaine des Lises'. More structured than it's 'Equinoxe' sibling, this Crozes-Hermitage wine is a classic mid-weight offering that can be drunk young 'sur les fruits' but can easily support 2-3 years bottle-age. It is a juicy, youthful Syrah with classic blackberry and pepper aromas and a palate of ripe plums and damsons over supple tannins.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Casserole|
|Cellarage||This is an unashamed early drinking Syrah at its best at 2-5 years from vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested grape bunches are fully de-stemmed prior to a 3-5 day pre-fermentation cooling at 17 degrees C. Vinification lasts for 3 weeks with twice-daily cap punching. The wine is then racked into used Burgundy barrels of 1-5 years of age for 12 months prior to bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
Maxime Graillot (who was born in 1977) has followed in his father’s footsteps and after studying at the Dijon Wine School he struck out on his own in 2004 working 6.5 hectares of vines on a site called Les Pichères close to his father’s estate on the Chassis plateauin Crozes Hermitage. Maxime produces a light, forward drinking Spring-bottling of red Crozes Hermitage called ‘Equionxe’ as well as a denser, more senior wine under his Domaine des Lises label.
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