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Equis 'Equinoxe' Crozes-Hermitage 2019
Vinous Media 93
"Mineral-accented dark fruit and floral aromas are energized by a jolt of spicy black pepper. Fleshy, juicy and nicely concentrated, offering finely etched boysenberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors that tighten up on the back half. Densely packed yet energetic as well, finishing with sharp clarity, smooth tannins and strong persistence. Made from fruit grown on the granitic soils of Saint-Jean-du-Muzols. -- Josh Raynolds"

The Wine
From the heart of Crozes-Hermitage
Near the site of  ... read more
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Size: 750mL (wine)
Alcohol by vol: 14.1%
Closure: Cork
Item ID: #41781
Item Description
Vinous Media 93
"Mineral-accented dark fruit and floral aromas are energized by a jolt of spicy black pepper. Fleshy, juicy and nicely concentrated, offering finely etched boysenberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors that tighten up on the back half. Densely packed yet energetic as well, finishing with sharp clarity, smooth tannins and strong persistence. Made from fruit grown on the granitic soils of Saint-Jean-du-Muzols. -- Josh Raynolds"

The Wine
From the heart of Crozes-Hermitage
Near the site of Domaine des Lises in the commune of Beaumont Monteux
Practicing Organic
100 hand harvested
Grown on gravel and sand based terroir
Indigenous yeast
80 de-stemmed
Aged in 6 year old 40 hectoliter tronconique wood

The Estate
There are few names as revered in the Northern Rhne as the name Graillot. It was in 1985 that the legendary Alain Graillot, who after working with 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 has been rewarded with an ever growing and highly dedicated following around the world. And so it would seem quite the daunting task for the child of such a luminary to follow in the footsteps of such a giant. Well luckily for us and the wine world, Alains eldest son Maxime Graillot not only continued the legacy started by his father, he also blazed his own trail in winemaking excellence.

Maxime trained under his father from a young age and in 2004 decided to split his time between his fathers domaine and establishing his own namesake winery. Knowing where the best land in the Rhne was to be found, he purchased parcels in the village of Beaumont-Monteux, just south of Alains plots in La Chene Vert. He converted the previously conventionally farmed vineyards to organics, making sure to soils were constantly ploughed (allowing the roots to dig deep into the gravel) and banned the use of herbicides. The results were incredible from the start. Compared to Alains wines, Maximes are similarly exuberant and expressive, but perhaps with a bit more fruit power behind them possibly a result of Maxime de-stemming nearly all of his grapes, whereas Alain does not de-stem. They possess an effortless grace and charm that has become a staple of the Graillot style. Any lover of Northern Rhne wines owe it to themselves to pop a bottle, and be enveloped in the warm embrace of pure Syrah bliss.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic
About Domaine des Lises - M. Graillot
Alain Graillot founded his domaine in Crozes-Hermitage in 1985, and rapidly became one of the most in-demand producers in the Northern Rhone for his exuberant, robust, and complete Syrah-based wines. Alain owns 50 acres of 30-year-old Crozes-Hermitage vines on the flat alluvial plain between the Rhône and Isère rivers, in well-draining soils of sand, gravel, and stones. He also has two tiny parcels in St. Joseph, from which he makes a slightly fresher, more early-drinking wine than the remarkable Crozes-Hermitage that constitutes the majority of his production.

Alain harvests by hand and works organically, employing whole-cluster fermentation and aging the wines primarily in 1-to-3 year old barrels purchased from some of the top estates in Burgundy. In great years, he makes tiny quantities of a barrel selection knows as "La Guiraude," a rare and spectacular wine. Graillot's wines are structured, but still very appealing and approachable in their youth, and their longevity is truly remarkable... These are must-haves for any serious Northern Rhone fan.
Domaine des Lises - M. Graillot
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Equis 'Equinoxe' CrozesHermitage 2019
"This is a tasty Crozes Hermitage at an attractive price point. Full bodied, fleshy, mild tannins, but not overdone like some Syrah from Languedoc tends to be. There is a slight effervescence that other reviewers have noted. This seems to evaporate over time, but it takes a while, and is a bit offputting."
Posted byJames on Oct 2, 2021
Don't understand this wine
"I've had other syrahs from France. This one smells/tastes rustic. There is also an effervescent feel to it that others have mentioned. I've had two bottles with consistent notes. I don't understand the high ratings for this wine."
Posted byDaniele on Feb 15, 2022Verified Purchase
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