La Guiraude is simply a tête de cuvee; a barrel selection made only in appropriate vintages, where it is felt that there are some barrels that exhibit particularly intense and age-worthy personalities. Not necessarily a 'better' wine than the Domaine Crozes, it is typically more powerful and in need of greater cellaring. The 2017 Guiraude is certainly a much deeper, more velvety and structured wine than the regular Crozes. It comes from a knockout vintage chez Graillot and is a beautifully fragrant, pure yet deep Syrah of considerable texture and stuffing. Lovers of the Northern Rhone should be quick. - Importer Note
There are few names as revered as Alain Graillot.
In 1985, the now legendary Graillot returned to his home in Crozes Hermitage, after working with the venerable Jacques Seysses at Domaine Dujac. With each passing year, his devotion to crafting his hauntingly delicious Syrah has been rewarded with an ever-growing, and highly dedicated, following around the world.
Recently, Domaine Alain Graillot was given two Etoiles (stars), making it the highest rated Crozes domaine in France's leading wine guide, Revue du Vin de France. This confirms the great work being done by Alain's sons, Maxime and Antoine, who have been in charge of the Domaine since 2008.
All of the work in the vineyards is carried out by hand, as it ever was. Gnarled, yet manicured vines reach up from a sea of smooth, rolled stones, over ancient alluvial deposits. In the winery, Maxime continues the hands-off approach with whole-cluster fermentation using natural yeasts, and no additions apart from a minimal use of sulphur.
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.
|Product Type||Wine Red Shiraz|
|Sub Region||Crozes Hermitage|
|Winemaking Practices||Minimal Intervention|