Alain Graillot

Crozes-Hermitage Syrah

9.1781 ratings
9.1288 pro ratings
Crozes-Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Charlie Evans

Changed rather quickly. Was all fruit upon first opening then got more brambly then got funky like Northern Rhône Syrah. Really would love to try this with some age.

Changed rather quickly. Was all fruit upon first opening then got more brambly then got funky like Northern Rhône Syrah. Really would love to try this with some age.

Jul 31st, 2018
Weijie Shi

Intense floral and elegance on the palate.

Intense floral and elegance on the palate.

Mar 26th, 2018
Brian Szluk

Nose: blueberry, dried cherry, slight cedar, forest floor, bit of barnyard, raw meat.

Nose: blueberry, dried cherry, slight cedar, forest floor, bit of barnyard, raw meat.

Mar 9th, 2018
Skye LaTorre

Sommelier The Meatball Shop

9.2

Magnum

Magnum

Jan 15th, 2018
Kyle Groombridge

Hol... Lee... Crap... this wine dropped my freaking jaw. One of the most memorable wines I've had in some time - and all to do with the bouquet. It's sublime. It's haunting. It never ends. Where shall I begin? Potpourri. Chinese 5 spice. Roasted meat (for you Texans, think freshly sliced brisket from your favorite pit). Smoke. I am absolutely swoon.

The color is also dark, much darker than I would have expected given the cooler vintage. The vintage does show however on the palate with a vibrancy and verve of acidity, but that in no way deters, but rather, adds to the complexity and enjoyability of this beaut. Sour raspberries, red plum, more spice and game on the palate. Fresh, but austere. Words can't explain how much I love this wine.. and especially at only $35. A standard bearer for Crozes-Hermitage, done whole-cluster. Alain and his son Maxime are geniuses.

Hol... Lee... Crap... this wine dropped my freaking jaw. One of the most memorable wines I've had in some time - and all to do with the bouquet. It's sublime. It's haunting. It never ends. Where shall I begin? Potpourri. Chinese 5 spice. Roasted meat (for you Texans, think freshly sliced brisket from your favorite pit). Smoke. I am absolutely swoon.

The color is also dark, much darker than I would have expected given the cooler vintage. The vintage does show however on the palate with a vibrancy and verve of acidity, but that in no way deters, but rather, adds to the complexity and enjoyability of this beaut. Sour raspberries, red plum, more spice and game on the palate. Fresh, but austere. Words can't explain how much I love this wine.. and especially at only $35. A standard bearer for Crozes-Hermitage, done whole-cluster. Alain and his son Maxime are geniuses.

Jan 7th, 2018
Matt Lasater

Less fruit than LBT, touch reduced, meaty, savory, mineral. Beef blood, iron, olive, granite, blackberry and plum. Garrigue notes the background. Showing more acid and linear profile and tight. Although maybe a little shut down right now I’m confident these will do great in the long haul.

Less fruit than LBT, touch reduced, meaty, savory, mineral. Beef blood, iron, olive, granite, blackberry and plum. Garrigue notes the background. Showing more acid and linear profile and tight. Although maybe a little shut down right now I’m confident these will do great in the long haul.

Dec 27th, 2017
Lee Pitofsky

Young yet nicely concentrated, notes of blackberry, incense, peppercorn and spices

Young yet nicely concentrated, notes of blackberry, incense, peppercorn and spices

Dec 9th, 2017
Melissa Sorongon

Co-Owner of Piedrasassi winery, Provignage winemaking consulting company

9.2

Can pretty much guarantee my happiness with an Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage. La guiraude is so pretty!

Can pretty much guarantee my happiness with an Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage. La guiraude is so pretty!

Aug 11th, 2017
Bertus van Zyl

Assistant Winemaker Regusci Winery

9.0

Loved this wine, so complex and layered. Still a baby though.

Loved this wine, so complex and layered. Still a baby though.

6 people found it helpfulMay 7th, 2014
Casey Curbow

Sales Associate Windsor Wine Merchants

9.3

Serious Syrah. Bright, brambled raspberry. Reserved smoke and game. Subtle florals. Soft mineral. Tightly complex and weighty structure with approachable front and tannic finish that will undoubtedly be softened and developed with time.

Serious Syrah. Bright, brambled raspberry. Reserved smoke and game. Subtle florals. Soft mineral. Tightly complex and weighty structure with approachable front and tannic finish that will undoubtedly be softened and developed with time.

4 people found it helpfulFeb 9th, 2015