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2003 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage ‘La Guiraude’

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In France’s Northern Rhone Valley, there are few names as revered as Graillot. It was in 1985 that the now legendary Alain Graillot, who after working with the venerable Jacques Seysses at Domaine Dujac, came back to his home in Crozes-Hermitage to start his own domaine. With each passing year his devotion to the art of making hauntingly delicious Syrah from his organically farmed, stone-laden vineyards, has been rewarded with an ever growing and highly dedicated following around the world.

Alain’s sons Maxime and Antoine have been in charge since 2008, with Alain working closely alongside them to this day. All the work is still completely the same as it ever was: hand-harvesting, organic farming, whole-cluster fermentation, and ageing the wines primarily in 1-to-3 year old barrels purchased from some of the top estates in Burgundy.

The domaine’s status as one of the top domaines in all of France is without question and the whole lineup are must-haves for any serious Northern Rhone fan.

Tasting Notes

93 Points Robert Parker Jr.
The finest barrels are used for Graillot’s luxury cuvee, La Guiraude. The 2003 Crozes-Hermitage La Guiraude (325 cases; 14.7% alcohol) is fatter and denser than the regular cuvee, with more power as well as richness.

2003 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage ‘La Guiraude’