I’m so excited by this wine I’m blogging on it minutes after opening it and trying it for the first time. It’s the Crozes-Hermitage Equinoxe 2009 by Maxime Graillot (Alain’s son), and it’s just fabulous.
Made for early drinking, sealed with a screwcap (saranex liner, mind, good choice), this is inky dark and alive, with vivid black cherry and blackberry fruit. It’s so edgy, with grippy, gravelly tannins, restrained savoury meatiness, and lovely acidity. This is essence of Northern Rhone Syrah, with amazing fruit quality and yet not a sign of spoofiness.
Nowhere else can make Syrah quite like this. It was only £13.95 from Berry Bros, but since I bought the bottle last week they’ve moved on to the 2010, which should be equally good if not better. Yapp may well still have some 2009. This is a stunning bargain.