Alain Graillot, Crozes-Hermitage 750ml 2016

France, Rhône
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There are few more reliable wines in the world than Domaine Alain Graillot’s appellation-defining Crozes-Hermitage. Its alluring notes of meat, olive, perfume and savoury plum have delighted Syrah lovers for 3 decades. Not only does it offer traditionalism, pure fruit and relatively early drinkability, it ages well too. Alain suggests that 2016 is similar to 2001 in style which, 15 years later, is in fine fettle.

‘Fans of the traditional style should love the 2016 vintage in the northern Rhône, a far cooler year than 2015.’ –

‘The younger vintage, 2016, has even more buzz. Producers are likening it to the classic 2010, with its powerful fruit but greater emphasis on structure and spine.’ – James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Tasting notes:
‘Bright violet. Assertive, spice-accented dark berry, floral pastille and smoky mineral scents show excellent delineation and a hint of olive paste. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering energetic boysenberry and black raspberry flavors that deepen and become sweeter with air. Shows a suave interplay of richness and energy and finishes impressively long, with smooth tannins and strong, mineral-driven tenacity. 2022 – 2030.’ – Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 93/100

'A light coating of mocha allows dark cherry and plum compote flavors to glide through center stage while gentle black tea and sandalwood notes fill in on the finish. Alluring. Drink now through 2022.' – Wine Spectator, 92/100

'Completely whole cluster as always, the 2016 Crozes Hermitage comes across as slightly ashy and vegetal, yet it has enough green olive, cola and raspberry notes to possess a sense of balance. It's medium to full-bodied, with a silky mouthfeel and a long finish.' – The Wine Advocate (tasted December 2018), 90/100

About Alain Graillot:
Domaine Alain Graillot is the undisputed king of Crozes-Hermitage. Having consistently produced an honest reflection of the Northern Rhône for 25 years, Alain’s son Maxime Graillot took over from him in 2008. The wines however are still made in an elegant, old-school style. Favouring savouriness and fragrance over oak and sweetness, whole bunch fermentation is key with the Graillot’s organically-farmed, old vine Syrah. Crozes-Hermitage is the largest appellation in the Northern Rhône and stretches from the back end of Hermitage hill over flatter and more sandy soils.
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Bottle Size 750ml
Style Red
Country France
Rating VIN 93
Drink To Long-term cellar
Price R455.00
Producer Alain Graillot
Region Rhône
Variety Shiraz / Syrah
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