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James Suckling
Alain Graillot, 2015 Alain Graillot Saint Joseph Rouge

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"This has cleverly complex, sappy allure on the nose with wild herbs, bright raspberry and boysenberry fruits. The palate has an attractive tartness. Fine tannins deliver deceptive power. This is long and assertive. Best from 2020"
–Sep-17

Alain Graillot, 2015 Alain Graillot Saint Joseph Rouge


Alain Graillot, 2015 Alain Graillot Saint Joseph Rouge

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2015 Alain Graillot Saint Joseph Rouge
Alain Graillot

The family owns 22 ha of vineyards made up of 30-year-old vines in Crozes-Hermitage that are planted on well-drained, flat alluvial plains between the Rhône and Isère Rivers and two small parcels of 12-year-old vines in St. Joseph planted on hard, granite slopes. Traditionally, wines from St. Joseph are at least 90% Syrah, while Marsanne and Roussanne compose the remainder.

The grapes are sourced from two parcels in St. Joseph: 40-55% of fruit from the St-Jean-de-Muzols (planted in 2003) and 45-60% from the Saint-Désirat (planted in 1988). Most of the grapes are whole cluster fermented, with de-stemming primarily occurring for the Saint-Désirat bunches. Each vineyard is fermented in separate tanks. The juice is pumped over and punched down according to winery practices.

The wine is aged in 5-10% new oak and 90% in 1-6 year old casks, for 12 months. The wine is un-fined and filtered.

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