Alain Graillot

Crozes-Hermitage Syrah

9.142 ratings
9.113 pro ratings
Crozes-Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Jae Cho

One of my favorite wines. Structured, elegant and delicious. It compels a purple smile to appear when I compare it to other sought after Rhône wine prices.

One of my favorite wines. Structured, elegant and delicious. It compels a purple smile to appear when I compare it to other sought after Rhône wine prices.

Oct 13th, 2019
Max Reichwage

Always so good

Always so good

Feb 16th, 2019
Fraser McKinley

Reference point Syrah for me and although at the riper end of the Graillot scale still brimming with purity and complexity - 2016

Reference point Syrah for me and although at the riper end of the Graillot scale still brimming with purity and complexity - 2016

Oct 13th, 2018
Weijie Shi (Jay)

Riper than 15’

Riper than 15’

Oct 6th, 2018
Joe D'Angelo

The 2016 Crozes-Hermitage is bright and vivid, with aromas of dark wild berries, fresh flowers, dark olives, white pepper and a gorgeous saline character that all takes shape as this unwinds in the glass. On the palate this is medium-bodied with a wonderful velvety texture backed by a racy core that shows a wonderful combination of acidity and minerality that leads up the the mouthwatering finish. This continues to become more compelling as it sits in the glass, and its freshness makes it appealing today, however it should go on to evolve beautifully over the course of the next decade.

The 2016 Crozes-Hermitage is bright and vivid, with aromas of dark wild berries, fresh flowers, dark olives, white pepper and a gorgeous saline character that all takes shape as this unwinds in the glass. On the palate this is medium-bodied with a wonderful velvety texture backed by a racy core that shows a wonderful combination of acidity and minerality that leads up the the mouthwatering finish. This continues to become more compelling as it sits in the glass, and its freshness makes it appealing today, however it should go on to evolve beautifully over the course of the next decade.

1 person found it helpfulSep 16th, 2019
Matt Lasater

This could be my favorite young vintage of Graillot. The freshness and balance this has is awesome, almost going as far to say there’s tension in what is normally an area that produces lipsmacking Syrah with so much jovial personality. This has a serious side. So much just ripe blackberry, currant, and marion berry fruit, lavender, crack black and pink peppercorn, salt cured olive, iron, animal, licorice, spruce and that classic Graillot tar note. The mid palate and finish wrap the tongue with stony mineraity, the depth too is awesome. The acid and “focus” almost make it an outlier for the house style, but there’s so much class to it. This has dimension and posture, I’m excited to watch it evolve.

This could be my favorite young vintage of Graillot. The freshness and balance this has is awesome, almost going as far to say there’s tension in what is normally an area that produces lipsmacking Syrah with so much jovial personality. This has a serious side. So much just ripe blackberry, currant, and marion berry fruit, lavender, crack black and pink peppercorn, salt cured olive, iron, animal, licorice, spruce and that classic Graillot tar note. The mid palate and finish wrap the tongue with stony mineraity, the depth too is awesome. The acid and “focus” almost make it an outlier for the house style, but there’s so much class to it. This has dimension and posture, I’m excited to watch it evolve.

1 person found it helpfulAug 19th, 2019
Adam K.

Beautiful smoky meat aromas with black and red fruit, pepper, and black olive all contained in a beautiful violet-colored package.

Beautiful smoky meat aromas with black and red fruit, pepper, and black olive all contained in a beautiful violet-colored package.

1 person found it helpfulMar 7th, 2019
Jonathan Wall

'14, '15, '16. All had the Same Graillot earthy dark berry base palette. The '14 was meaty on top of that. '15 savory and spices. And the '16 had more up front fruit and acidity... almost deviating in style but in a good way. A revisit in 5 years is a must.

'14, '15, '16. All had the Same Graillot earthy dark berry base palette. The '14 was meaty on top of that. '15 savory and spices. And the '16 had more up front fruit and acidity... almost deviating in style but in a good way. A revisit in 5 years is a must.

1 person found it helpfulSep 27th, 2018
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.

1 person found it helpfulJul 31st, 2018
Andrew Rasse

Bright. Taut. Drank over 3 days. Last glass was the best. Needs a few years. Has upside.

Bright. Taut. Drank over 3 days. Last glass was the best. Needs a few years. Has upside.

Aug 6th, 2019