La Guiraude is, without question, one of Alain Graillot's most successful cuvées. It should be drunk young, or after ageing for a few years, which will give it those irresistible smoky aromas. More info
A symbolic cuvée of the domain, even from young, La Guiraude showcases all the potential of the Syrah. Only produced during noteworthy vintages, La Guiraude is a single grape variety whose vines were mostly planted by Alain Graillot in 1986. Harvested by hand, it is then aged in barriques. Paired with black pudding cottage pie or stuffed quail, this deep ruby red wine has a flavoursome and structured palate. Very concentrated, it entices us with its finesse and intense aromatic persistence. It also exudes the typical Syrah aromas of the appellation: ripe black fruit and spices. A very fine cuvée which certain critics cannot help comparing with the Cathelin of Domaine Chave… and quite right too!
The former engineer, Alain Graillot, arrived in Crozes-Hermitages in 1985. Soon after he proved himself to be a master of growing Syrah despite his avant-garde thoughts about respecting nature. In fact, Alain Graillot's principles of banning insecticides and herbicides, working the soil with a plough and whole cluster vinifcation proved pioneering. His cuvées soon stood out for their quality and consistency throughout vintages. Today it is Alain's sons Antonie and Maxime who carry the torch while he busies himself advising domaines both in France and abroad in countries as far as Australia and Morocco but also in Italy and Spain. His vineyard spans 17ha in the Crozes Hermitage Rouge AOC, 3 ha in Crozes Hermitages Blanc and 1.5ha in Saint-Joseph Rouge.
La Guiraude is, without question, one of...
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