Crozes-Hermitage La Guiraude 2009
94 points / $55
650 cases made
Northern Rhône, France
A selection of Graillot’s best lots and bottled in exceptional vintages only, La Guiraude is 100 percent Syrah from vines planted on alluvial soils in the heart of the Crozes plateau. The warm, dry 2009 growing season produced an early harvest of ripe grapes balanced with fresh acidity. Second-generation winemaker Maxime Graillot fermented with stems and aged the wine 80 percent in used oak and 20 percent in vat for one year, to add complexity and structure without masking the fruit.