Crozes Hermitage: Domaine des Lises 2019

"Dark berries, licorice, olive and exotic spice aromas pick up a suave floral note with air. Sappy and energetic on the palate, offering bitter cherry, blackberry and star anise flavors that are braced by a spine of juicy acidity. The floral nuance reappears on a very long, dark-fruit-driven finish, with building tannins providing shape and grip. One-third whole clusters. 92-94/100."
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Tasting Notes

This red Crozes-Hermitage is the brainchild of Maxime Graillot who joined his father, Alain, at Domaine Graillot in 2004, the same year that he launched Domaine des Lises with his long-time friend Thomas Schmittel. Crozes’ Domaine des Lises hails from a 6.5-hectare parcel of thirty year-old vines planted on free-draining gravel soils located south-east of the Graillot HQ, Les Chenes Verts. The vines are later harvesting than those of 'Domaine' Alain Graillot and all the fruit is de-stemmed, another difference in style. This makes the finished wine of 'des Lises' more fruit intense.

This Crozes-Hermitage can be drunk young 'sur les fruits' but can easily support 5 to 10 years' bottle-age in good vintages. It is a juicy, sleek Syrah wine with classic blackberry and pepper aromas and a palate of ripe plums and damsons over supple tannins.

About this wine
StyleRed Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine RegionRhône, Crozes-Hermitage
Grape Variety (Cépage)Syrah
Food & Wine MatchingBeef, Casserole, Mushrooms
CellarageThis is an unashamed early drinking Syrah at its best at 2 to 5 years from vintage.
VinificationHand-harvested grape bunches are fully de-stemmed prior to a 3 to 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 to 5 years of age for 12 months prior to bottling.
Alcohol By Volume (%)14.1

Maxime Graillot

Maxime Graillot (who was born in 1977) has followed in his father Alain'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 plateau in Crozes Hermitage. Maxime produces a light, forward drinking Spring-bottling of red Crozes Hermitage called 'Equinoxe' as well as a denser, more senior wine under his Domaine des Lises label.


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