Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2020
An exceptional red wine from the Crozes-Hermitage appellation in the northern Rhône Valley of France. Crafted by the renowned Alain Graillot, this Crozes-Hermitage Rouge exemplifies the mastery of winemaking in the region and showcases the signature Syrah grape variety.
All the grapes are hand-harvested, from severely-pruned, low-yielding vines. The red Crozes-Hermitage grapes are not destemmed, i.e. 100% whole-cluster. They are loaded into lined concrete vats, and temperatures are brought down to 18°C for a 2 to 5 day pre-fermentation maceration. Once vinifications (indigenous yeast) get going, temperatures rise to 30°C, and cuvaison lasts 15 to 21 days. Aged for one year - 80% of them in one to 3 year old oak barrels, the remaining 20% in vat. They are given a light filtration but no fining before bottling.
Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2020 offers a rich and complex wine experience, characterized by the following potential tasting notes:
Appearance: This red wine typically displays a deep and alluring ruby color, reflecting its depth and vibrancy.
Aroma: The aroma is enticing and aromatic, with notes of blackberries, blackcurrants, violets, and subtle hints of black pepper and earth. It exudes a fragrant and layered bouquet that speaks to the wine's complexity and elegance.
Flavor: The palate provides a harmonious and structured wine experience. You can expect flavors of dark fruits, smoked meat, fine tannins, and a touch of spice, creating a balanced and full-bodied profile.
Texture: Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Rouge is known for its velvety and refined texture, which enhances its overall mouthfeel and sophistication.
Finish: The finish is typically long and satisfying, with the wine's dark fruit flavors, fine tannins, and subtle pepper notes lingering on the palate, leaving a sense of richness and refinement.
How to Enjoy
This Crozes-Hermitage is best enjoyed after a bit of decanting and served at a temperature of around 60-65°F (15-18°C) to allow its flavors and aromatics to fully develop. It's an ideal wine for pairing with red meat, game dishes, or moments of wine appreciation.
Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2020 pairs splendidly with a variety of hearty and rich dishes. Consider serving it with grilled lamb, beef stew, roasted duck, or game meats. The wine's full body and structured character make it an excellent companion for a range of culinary delights.
Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2020 represents the essence of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation and the winemaking expertise of Alain Graillot. Whether you're a connoisseur of Rhône Valley wines, a lover of Syrah, or someone seeking a classic and refined red wine experience, this wine promises a memorable journey through the world of French winemaking, capturing the tradition and artistry of Alain Graillot.
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