Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage La Guiraude 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

France, Rhône
R850
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Tasting notes on the 2017 vintage:
'Opaque ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented black and blue fruit, olive and allspice aromas are energized by a suave floral overtone. Fleshy, juicy and broad in the mouth, offering concentrated black currant, cherry liqueur, fruitcake and floral pastille flavors that tighten up with aeration. Densely packed yet energetic as well, finishing with sharp delineation, steadily building tannins and excellent persistence. Drink 2024-2033.' – Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 94/100

'Gorgeously open now, it's surprising this hasn't closed down. Complex, slightly meaty nose, well-defined, backed up with berry fruits. Medium-bodied, very dry and serious on the palate, fresh. Bold and muscular fruit, the tannins are juicy and rounded, quite grand, large scale. Great textural presence on the tongue. Very good indeed, more stuffing, depth and structure than a typical Crozes. Drinking Window 2021 - 2029.' – Matt Walls, Decanter, 93/100

'Still youthful aromatically – a creamy seductive mouthfeel – tight tannins, gunflint and lapsang souchong notes. Good levels of acidity keep it tense. Still tight but just beginning to express itself.' – Alistair Cooper MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17.5+/20
More Information
Condition New
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Shiraz / Syrah
Producer information 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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