Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage La Guiraude 2017
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The Domaine Alain Graillot has now been given two étoilés (stars), making it the highest-rated Crozes Domaine in France's leading wine guide, Revue du Vin de France's Le Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France. Not that anyone truly needed this validation! Organically managed, with an average vine age of 40-50 years, these wines are long-lived and exciting.
La Guiraude is simply a tête de cuvee; a barrel selection made only in appropriate vintages, where it is felt that there are some barrels that exhibit particularly intense and age-worthy personalities. Not necessarily a 'better' wine than the Domaine Crozes, it is typically more powerful and in need of greater cellaring. Violets, olives, and smokey minerals sum up these exceptional wines.