Alain Graillot founded his domaine in Crozes-Hermitage in 1985 after working in Burgundy for many years, and rapidly became one of the most in-demand producers in the Northern Rhone for his exuberant, robust, and complete Syrah-based wines. Graillot�s son, Maxime took over the winemaking in 2008 and continues with his father�s approach. Harvest is all done by hand and Maxime works organically in the cellar, 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. Domaine Alain Graillot is the undisputed king of Crozes-Hermitage. Having consistently produced an honest reflection of the Northern Rh�ne for 25 years, Alain�s son Maxime Graillot took over from him in 2008. The wines however are still made in an elegant, old-school style. Favouring savouriness and fragrance over oak and sweetness, whole bunch fermentation is key with the Graillot�s organically-farmed, old vine Syrah. Crozes-Hermitage is the largest appellation in the Northern Rh�ne and stretches from the back end of Hermitage hill over flatter and more sandy soils.
- Domaine Alain Graillot