Why is it so many folks simply don't "get" Graillot wines? It's a thing. I for one, adore them, and have gleefully noted these wines in many other winemakers' cellars (regardless of country). They are a rock-solid, benchmark Northern Rhone syrah to my mind. This bottle was lovely, showed vibrant fruit in a lithe frame with a pleasantly earthy, slightly bitter finish. I love pairing Graillot Crozes with black bean burritos (often with grilled chicken; tonight with flank steak). Sad to see the last of my Graillot vertical disappear, but I regret nothing. Need to reconstitute my Graillot library!
Tres pur, doté d'un fruit luxuriant, étincelant, vibrant, le nez est vraiment magique, floral sur la violette, poivré, frais. La bouche est moins impressionnante, mais de belle facture, c'est riche, fin, moyennement corsé, avec une belle acidité luminescente. Quel relief, quel éclat. Dommage que le vin soit un peu court en bouche.
Still quite primary upon opening, the wine developed some notes of olive with aeration. Good acidity and a full mouthfeel promise a lot of life ahead for this wine, but with enough air it's quite delicious now, too.
Un croze qui en a encore sous la pédale. Des arômes secondaires sur bouche ou la réglisse et des tannins légèrement encore rêches dominent. La longueur est bonne et le vin possède une petite pointe de chaleur. 89 sur 100.
Beau vin, sur la réduction au départ, puis le vin évolue vers des notes associées à la syrah du Rhône nord (violette, olives, etc). Beaucoup de fraîcheur pour le millésime. Le fruit est moins exubérant qu'en jeunesse, on ressent davantage l'acidité et la structure, avec des tanins assez polis qui marquent la finale mais sans excès. Relativement souple et facile à boire, je suis de + en + convaincu après plusieurs expériences que les Crozes de Graillot sont des vins de soifs, digestes et gourmands, qu'on n'a pas besoin d'attendre longtemps, leur fruit de jeunesse étant trop délicieux pour le laisser partir. Ceux qui croient à une bonification avec l'âge se trompent je pense. Mes bouteilles restantes seront bues dans les 2 prochaines années. 90.
Smokey nose, smoked ham, smoked sausages, herbs, cough medicine, olives, obvious burnt oak with vanilla and some rubber notes. On the palate deep and powerful dark blue and black fruit, ripe red plums, oak spices and a smoky touch. This is somewhat marked by the vintage, and will need time to come around. Rather big and bold right now, in the typical 2009 style.
“Mixed Bag of Rhône Wines”-Tasting, Flight 3, Wine 2 (non-blind), in January 2014. The wine was dark ruby in colour and offered an expressive nose of burned rubber, red fruit, cherry, blackberry, coffee, spices, liquorice, leather and roasted note. On the flavourful palate the wine showed red fruit, cherry, raspberry and raspberry effervescent powder, paired with medium-plus acidity, medium-plus medium-grained tannin and good length. A medium- to full-bodied, balanced, medium-complex, well-structured wine. Drink now and over the next four to five years.
Peut-être moins exubérant qu'à sa sortie, mais plus typique avec ces notes d'olives noires, de menthe, d'herbes et de fruit acidulé (cerise). Bouche fraîche, gouleyante, un vin d'une belle retenue classique pour le millésime. Très bien.
Nice nose with somewhat warm but typical Syrah characteristics with smoke, bacon, herbs, olives and white and black pepper tones. The palate however, at this point anyway, is slightly disappointing, compared to previous vintages tasted. Perhaps a bit closed down on the palate at this point? Still young of course, and will (might)hopefully improve, but not really up to the same bang for the buck as I thought the 2008 for instance showed. This is something I have noticed in Graillot’s other Crozes too, La Guiraude, that has showed better in previous vintages. Still, nice Northern Rhône wine, with potential down the road. Let’s hope for improvement, as I really have enjoyed this wine in previous vintages. 88+
PnV & drank over 1.5 hours. Floral fragrance framed by notes of tart red cherry, graphite, white pepper, earth & herbs. Tannins well integrated w/good mix of acidity, medium-bodied & a medium finish. Fruit slightly reticent, but grew w/more air. Made in a more traditional way, & think this should continue to improve over next few years.
Notes of pepper and pencil shavings. That black magic marker you'd take a whiff of at school. Very little fruit on the nose or palate. Very nice structure, however. A very well-made wine; just not my cup of tea.
P&P at restaurant, so conditions not conducive for noting color. Pulled from its slumber in the cellar and with no aeration, to my surprise the bouquet is singing Northern Rhone Syrah, with black olive, blackberry but also some red raspberry notes, roasted herbs, distinct blood iron, beef juice, black pepper, and minerals. A well-delineated and memorable nose I wanted to smell again and again. On the palate there was dense blackberries and licorice, with lots of blood, minerals, meat and some earth. Excellent concentration, some tangy acidity, and drying tannins that muscle stronger in the finish. Simply marvelous with loads of savory flavors and an excellent pairing with pairing with Polpette pasta and meathead pizza prepared in Northern Italy style. I would have scored it 91 but the finish tapers off rather quickly, which is a surprise given the concentration of flavors in the attack. Easily fulfilled its price point of 25.
A beautiful young syrah. Wonderful fruit, with raspberry, plum, pepper, and meat. The nose reveals a fragrance such that I thought it might be blended with a little viognier; however, I have learned that this is 100% syrah. The perfume is wonderful. This is an easy to drink wine when young, but it has the stuffing to age for a good 10 years. Grapes are hand-picked, unstemmed with pumping-over for Crozes Hermitage. I bought this one bottle just to see what it's like. I'll definitely be buying more.
About 1.5 years since my last bottle, and my first thought about this one is that it has lost its high notes, those N. Rhone Syrah floral and herb notes to the nose that are captivating and unique to Rhone Syrah. On the palate, this seems to have shifted from blue Syrah fruit to more black with traces of blue. This wine is good, but not special. On the second night, this has better focus and some tannins have emerged which better define the wine, along with a touch of red fruit to the palate, as well as brighter acidity than the first night. Good, but nothing especially memorable. I've not been as captivated as others by the 2009 N. Rhone vintage, finding it good but showing some degree of softness, and this wine seems to be in-line with my view, although the emergence of the structure on the second night would appear to cast doubts on that view.
Härlig doft av mörka bär och viol. Lite mer än medelfylligt med smak av viol och mörk frukt. Mjuka tanniner, balanserad syra och skaplig avslutning. Passade perfekt till ugnsrostad lammytterfilé med potatisgrätäng med getost.
Souper avec amis du bureau (départ M-M): Il a perdu son gras de bébé, ce n'est pas un vin aussi explosif qu'il y a 18 mois, où son exubérance retenait toute l'attention. Mais il évolue bien, avec les caractéristiques de la vendange entière qui ressortent davantage, affichant un coté herbacé qui donne de la fraîcheur. Un Croze assez puissant et complet, qui demeure tout un rapport qualité-prix. Il fut d'ailleurs le préféré du groupe face à Seigneur de Maugiron 2009 et Cayuse 2008! Dans l'état actuel, j'aurais tendance à attendre quelques années pour le voir se développer jusqu'en 2020. 90+ pts
Très joli vin a bon rapport qualité-prix. Nez de pierre a fusil très marqué, associe et semblable a un vin naturel bu a Bruxelles (Cahors de Cosse Maisonneuve). Em bouche, une jolie expression du fruit. Goutez-le!
Le nez est sur les fruits rouges, la viande,le poivre et les violettes. En bouche, c’est ample et gourmand avec du poivre assez dominant. La finale est assez longue avec un peu d’épices. Bien mais semble moins frais et vif que mes autres jusqu'ici!!!
Followed over several hours. Floral nose, with sweet violets, mixed with iodine and meat. Palate is finely focused with high acidity,tart red fruits, but a nice dose of iodine, blood, and subtle pepper. Finish is a tad short, but nice complexity with a meaty/gamey note coming through. very youthful and tightly wound. Should benefit from a few years. 89-90 (A touch below a recent offering from Delas)
Compact blue-red colour, slightly more dense than the 2010 and with slightly darker edge. Rather powerful nose with blackberries and other dark berries, tar, smoke, spice, some animal notes and a hint of barnyard aromas. Ripe cherries and other dark berries, some note of sweet fruit in the attack, good acidity, tar and liquorice, slightly more than medium tannin that are rather noticeable mid-palate and in the aftertaste. Drinkable now, should improve with more developed notes and slightly more polished tannins. 88+ p. From a half bottle.
Le nez est sur les fruits rouges, la viande,les fleurs et un peu le poivre, très discret en ce moment! En bouche, c’est ample avec un fruité gourmand! Il y a une belle fraicheur et c'est assez minéral (crayeux). Légère amertume en finale. Encore un fois bon, surtout avec le veau!
Earlier this year I was surprised how good this Crozes-Hermitage is, very pure, fresh with a nice peppery finish, but these both new bottles seemed to be a different bottling, so quality is much worse and the typical Hermitage style can't be found.
This was consumed out of a 375ml bottle. Lots and lots of fruit rushed up out of the glass, raspberries, blackberries, etc. Also notes of tar, black peppercorns, and hints of cinnamon. Full-bodied, young Crozes Hermitage on the palate. What I mean by that is there was a lot of concentrated fruit mixed with notes of garrigue and tar. Very pleasant to drink and showing a nice aging window. Drink now or hold till maybe 2018.
Le nez est sur les fruits rouges, la viande, les violettes et un peu les épices, très discret en ce moment! En bouche, c’est ample avec un fruité croquant et gourmand! Il y a une belle fraicheur et c'est assez minéral (crayeux). Un peu jeune encore mais Bon vin encore une fois!
Ripe raspberries and tart blackberries on the nose with violets, iron, game, herbs (perhaps some whole-cluster?) and black pepper on the nose with just a touch of minerality. Has some good tannic grip, but it is fairly fine grained and smooth. Superb balance with good acidity that brings good focus to the fruit. Could use time, but still very enjoyable.
Olive, tar, and chalk on the nose. A bit of bacon fat as well. On the palate, I get a hint of plums, tart cherries and more meatiness. The finish is chalky minerality. I really enjoy this wine. My first Northern Rhone Syrah. Certainly won't be my last.
Popped for an hour. A violet and crimson colour that is translucent. Locker room, raspberry, white pepper, game and flower shop. A medium finish; strewn tannins; subtle layers. Fresh with well-balanced acidity. Give this some time. Drink 2013 - 2019.
Le nez est sur les fruits rouges, la viande, les fleurs et les épices. En bouche, c’est ample avec un fruité croquant et gourmand! Il y a une belle fraicheur. La finale est assez longue avec un peu d’épices. Bon vin encore une fois!
The 2009 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage is gorgeous with ripe plum, blackberry, hoisin sauce, scorched earth, sweet licorice and mineral notes. This is really velvety on the palate and the finish lingers nicely. (Drink 2012-2018) - JD 91 Points
Nothern Rhone $20 to $40; 11/23/2011-11/24/2011: Not sure why, but I have never been as much a fan of this bottling as others. Purple in color, the nose is dusty with some black cherries. It took some time to open. The palate is quite tart with dark cherries. Plenty of tannins. I have trouble dealing with the acidity though.
High-toned raspberry, blueberry, loamy earth, pepper and violet aromas. Medium-bodied with bright juicy acidity with some tannins, but quite ripe and giving a very smooth impression. Very clean and pure and wonderful showing of Northern Rhone Syrah. Definitely has room to improve with some bottle age, but it's hard to lay off of it today as it drinking so well in its youth.
Loads going on here. Burning rubber, floral, some greener-than-black pepper aromas, and a mass of fruit beyond that. Palate really erupts as the acid pushes all that in your face. A freshness that i find in Lapierre Morgon. And at least one or two of the 23 flavors in dr. pepper are in here as well. There is excitement in this there bottle.
Now here is a wine. Needing time of course. Maybe a touch four-square. Maybe its the Moroccan Syrah from the last tasting that is holding my attention. Maybe a touch over at $33.99, maybe just needing time.
- Purple color with medium forming legs and aromas of eucalyptus and raspberry. It's overly acidic with a medium body. Bright texture with a medium finish - Color is tending towards magenta with bright fresh smells. Garrigue and fresh cooking herbs on the nose along with red berries and mild white pepper. On the palate it is fairly acidic with more bright flavors of red berries. Enjoyable wine with high acidity and shallower depth of fruit concentration. Held up well on the second day.
Tasted blind alongside 7 other rhone syrahs. My 5th, group's 6th. Rated based on current drinking - I don't trust myself to guess potential. Amazing, 10 out of 10 nose, pure gorgeous crushed wild blueberries with whiffs of red fruit. Man, I could smell this forever. But it is brutally young in the mouth, tannic and acid and shows a little heat. I would be totally unsurprised to find out this turned into something wonderful in a few years, but its a tough slog now.
Beautiful nose of pitted black olives, violets, dark fruit and white pepper. On the palate this is silky smooth and very concentrated but not overripe. Beautiful lenght too with silky tannins. A bit shy at the moment, give it a few years and it will express itself more. Killer RQP.
Dark and dense. Ravishing Syrah violets, menthol and smoke. Some ripeness on the nose, less so in the mouth, where it is medium weight with a tart, lean edge and a bit peppery at the end. Beautiful purity of varietal character. I'd give it a year or two for the palate to catch up with the aromatics, but still a really good mouthful now.
On the nose, you can smell the syrah. White pepper with a hint of black olive tapenade and blackberries. On the palate, the attack is rich, again on blackberries and olives. Beautiful finesse here with visquous bacony texture that I enjoy so much out of my Northern Rhone syrahs. Lovely.
Olives, fleurs mauves, poivre, un vin aérien, délicieux, fruit croquant et dense. Vraiment super plaisant, un must pour les amateurs de syrah. Déjà très gourmand, je ne pense pas que ce vin soit fait pour être gardé très longtemps.
Le meilleur Crozes de Graillot que j'ai eu l'occasion de boire, excluant bien sûr La Guiraude. Un nez au départ timide, mais qui s'ouvre avec l'aération sur des notes de fruits mûrs et de viande fumée. Un nez qui annonce un vin bien mur, très loin des décevants 2007 et 2008. La bouche suit avec beaucoup d'ampleur et de densité, des tanins bien présents mais surtout une finale intense mais fraîche. Une grande réussite et probablement mon meilleur vin dans cette catégorie de prix cette année.
Les vins de Graillot sont un bon baromètre de la qualité d'un millésime en Rhône Nord....plutôt minces et un peu verts dans les petits, ils ont une dimension étonnante dans les grands. Si on suit cette règle arbitraire, ce millésime sera très grand!
La couleur est sombre et brillante. Le nez discret, d'abord un peu d'élevage, caramel, torréfaction.. et quelques arômes classiques de viande crue, poivre et violette...mais en sourdine.
La bouche montre une puissance moyenne, ce qui veut dire solide pour cette appellation...elle montre une densité rare, voire sans précédent dans ce que j'ai goûté en Croze....sauf p-e leur 1999. Gorgé de fruit, belle fraîcheur et une texture séduisante, de classe. Des tanins veloutés donnent un certain sérieux à la finale, confirmant un potentiel de garde certain. Un Croze qui a davantage l'air d'un mini-Hermitage. Il offre déjà beaucoup de plaisir mais ce n'est pas un petit vin de soif. Un vin assez profond tout en restant très charmeur. Il me semble évident qu'il sera fabuleux en 2016 et au-delà. 91 pts
Vibrant bright purple color. Beautiful N. Rhone Syrah aromatics of blue fruit and florals, that N. Rhone Syrah nose that is inviting and enticing. Palate shows lush blue fruit and marinaded black olives. There is good, slightly rough texture to this young wine, too. No degradation overnight, the wine remains inviting and the fruit very appealing, rounder and smoother than the first night. While there is a decent acidic spine, I am not detecting the tannin level that would suggest to me that this is one to keep for years and years. In-line with a couple of other '09 N. Rhones (Gonon and Barou's St. Joseph) that I find to be friendly and enjoyable today, but I am just not sure whether they have the underlying fortitude to go long in the cellar. JLL has suggested that some '09 N. Rhones are over-ripe. I'm not finding over-ripeness; I'm finding a surprising lack of underlying structure.
Deep purple. Gorgeous, wild, exuberant nose de Crozes that made me laugh out loud. Big, rich syrah fruit on the palate, but tightens up so dramatically with a few minutes of air that I suspect it's fixin' to hibernate. Drink right away or give a few years of rest.
Lovely classical Northern Rhone syrah, full of primary red and dark fruits with a peppery seasoning and a touch of stemmy greenness. The fruit's quite ripe and concentrated, but at the same time there's plenty of acidity underneath that keeps it very fresh and lively.
89-90 (+?) Not quite sure how to rate this, and I NEVER thought I would say that this wine needs some oak treatment. Wow, I've never hoped for more oak, but I think it might add depth and complexity to this wine. Not looking for that over-the-top new oak thing, just some body, mouthfeel and spice that comes from seasoned oak. All that said this win really opened after 3-5 hours. White and green peppercorns on a smooth easy drinking style. Drink over the next 3-5 years, with lighter meats and sauces...AM
A more dense and warmer wine than the previous vintages (as expected). Wonderful nose that creams purity and northern Rhône. A bit soft and muted on the palate, even a hint of cassis sweets. It is a mixture of the 2003 and 2005 vintage. Really good but not the best ever (the 2005 is still king)
Compact, blueish dark red colour. Slightly sweetish fruity nose with very dark berries – blackcurrants, blackberries, blueberries, in combination with some some, tar and some spice (a very typical Syrah nose), some oak barrel notes, some vanilla. A serious nose. Slightly more than medium bodied, on palate sweet dark berries with clearly marked acidity – perhaps “cranberry-tasting blackberries”, noticeable tannin that is rather well embedded in the fruit. Good concentration. 87-88 p. Could have potential for a higher score, would benefit from calming down for a few months, because the palate gives a slightly disjointed impression. Tasted from half bottle.