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Alain Graillot, Saint-Joseph Rouge, 2020


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Graillot trained with Jacques Seysses in Burgundy before becoming a top name in the Northern Rhône, and it shows in his techniques, including maturation in older Burgundy barrels and whole-cluster fermentation. His Saint-Joseph, from 45-year-old vines, is floral and fleshy.


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What exactly does it mean to be a reference point wine? Is it just a synonym for "good" or "really good?" Does it mean, "old and established" or "expensive and difficult to find?"

In Crozes-Hermitage, there is only one reference point: Alain Graillot.

Clearly, then, "reference point" does not mean old, for Graillot has only been around since 1985. It also does not mean expensive: Graillot's Crozes-Hermitage remains one of the best values in the Northern Rhône, in just about every vintage.

Graillot’s wines are clean, pure and polished. They are delicious young, so it's tempting to think of them as modern. Yet, peek in the cellar, and you find nothing but tradition. They work with whole clusters and avoid new barriques, for example. It is through precision, good hygiene, and obsessive work in the fields that Graillot achieves these beautiful wines.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 92
"Dark violet color. Assertive, mineral- and spice-accented blackberry, bacon, olive and woodsmoke aromas pick up a floral quality with aeration. Sappy and broad on the palate, offering pliant dark berry, spicecake, black pepper and floral pastille flavors and a hint of botanical herbs. Closes with repeating smoke and olive notes, even tannins and strong tenacity." -Vinous


  • Grape Variety


  • Vintage


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  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Earthy , Floral , Spicy

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Full Bodied

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