100% Syrah from Chassis, a very stony site to the south of the hill of Hermitage.
Hand-harvested, cold maceration in concrete vats, whole bunch fermentation for 3 weeks at 30°C, 80 % aged for a year in 2/3-year-old oak barrels, 20 % in foudres, light filtration before bottling
94 Points, James Suckling
A very pure and floral nose with cherries, violets and plums as well. Medium body with velvety tannins and bright acidity. Such a succulent core of redcurrants and violets with minerality and a transparent character to the focused finish. Drink or hold.
More about the Producer:
In the space of 20 years Alain Graillot has established a reputation for making his Crozes Hermitage the most sought after of the appellation. In spite of only 20 hectares of vineyards, his wines are sold world wide on an allocation basis only. They are a special favourite with the most prestigious restaurants in France and elsewhere. Alain has a passion for the Syrah grape from which he makes hand crafted wines of great distinction and enormous elegance. His son Maxime has taken over direction of the estate with his father remaining in the not too distant background.