Crozes Hermitage: Domaine Equis 'Equinoxe' 2020
The Graillot family is famous for producing fruit-forward accessible red wines made from the Syrah grape. The Crozes Hermitage 'Equinoxe' is an excellent, youthful example, crammed with dark, hedgerow-fruit scents and flavours offset by supple tannins. This wine makes an ideal partner to red meat dishes or flavoursome, hard cheeses. Bottled under screwcap.
Alain Graillot's son Maxime is a chip off the old block, producing this youthful bottling of red Crozes Hermitage called 'Equinoxe'. It is a juicy, forward-drinking, crowd-pleaser and is terrific value for money.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Cheese, Mushrooms|
|Cellarage||This is an unashamed early drinking Syrah at its best at 2 to 5 years from vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested grapes are vinified in thermo-regulated vats. The finished wine is bottled in March for early drinking.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||12.5|
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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