Saint-Joseph: Equis 2018
"Powerful, mineral-accented aromas of ripe black/blue fruits, candied flowers, olive and exotic spices. Densely packed and energetic on the palate, offering cassis, bitter cherry and blueberry flavors that unfurl slowly with air and show sharp definition. The blue fruit note carries emphatically through an impressively long, spicy finish that's given framework by fine-grained, slowly building tannins. Raised in tronconic oak foudres. 92-93/100."
Josh Raynolds - Vinous.com
We've managed to acquire a small amount of the St Joseph from Equis, the partnership between Maxime Graillot and Thomas Schmittel. From a small parcel of fruit sourced from the granitic soils of nearby Saint-Jean-de-Muzols, it is a 'signature' Graillot Syrah with characteristic floral notes, perfectly ripe and juicy cherry fruit set off by fresh acidity, a medium-body and supple finish. Ideal with a venison steak or duck breast with a blackberry sauce.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Saint-Joseph|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Casserole, Duck, Mushrooms, Pheasant and Game|
|Cellarage||Drink 3 to 10+ years after vintage.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14.1|
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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