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."
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, Mushrooms|
|Cellarage||This is an unashamed early drinking Syrah at its best at 2 to 5 years from vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand-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 (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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