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DOMAINE ALAIN GRAILLOT

LVT 2018 r 2018 wh There are organic practices here, without the blah-blah. The first wine was made in 1985: Alain had worked in industry before. There is lovely fruit on the classic when drunk in its first two years. The La Guiraude Crozes red, a selection of the best casks each year, is worth cellaring for four to five years to allow its proper evolution - it can live for 20 years in the best vintages, such as 2005, 2015. 2018 saw the introduction of their 1 hectare at Larnage on its own, a site that gives red fruits and fine tannins, a counterpoint to the racy, Southern instincts and black fruits of the Les Chassis Crozes red.

The white Crozes has shown recent progress, even if late 2010s vintages are rendering it thicker than before. There are small amounts of frisky red Saint-Joseph and a youngish vine Hermitage, which was altered in 2017-18 through grafting on its clone Syrah of old massale Syrah taken from the Clape domaine at Cornas. This is an enterprising domaine that has held the flag high and handsome for Crozes across the international markets. Alain had not made a drop of wine or lived on the land until the mid-1980s.

Alain, sons Maxime, Antoine Graillot 105 chemin des Chênes Verts Les Chênes Verts 26600 Pont-de-l`Isère

Tel: +33(0)475 84 67 52

graillot.alain@wanadoo.fr

Countries exported to:1) GB 2) USA 3) Japan

Percentage Exported: 50%

British Importers: Yapp Brothers The Old Brewery Water Street Mere BA12 6DY +441747 860423 www.yapp.co.uk