This is brilliant, and it doesn’t cost a fortune. It has edges – plenty of them – and so it won’t be for everyone. But I really, really like it. It’s an almost Burgundian expression of Syrah.
Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 2008 Northern Rhone
12.5% alcohol. Beautifully aromatic: cherries, raspberries, herbs, pepper, spice and some sappiness. The palate is lively, pure and peppery with red berry fruit kept fresh by lovely acidity and nice tannic grip. A light, fresh, peppery Syrah, but one that has presence and definition. There are ‘edges’ to this wine. Fresh, complex, beguiling. 93/100 (£16.50 Yapp)
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