$49 | 2021 Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage Blanc
In the space of 20 years, Alain Graillot has made his Crozes Hermitage one of the most sought after of the appellation. With just 20 hectares of vineyards, his wines are sold worldwide on an allocation basis only. They are a special favorite with the most prestigious restaurants in France and elsewhere. His son Maxime has taken over direction of the estate, with his father remaining in the not too-distant-background.
“Roughly 80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne. Grapes are pressed upon arrival at the winery. After settling, about 50% of the must is fermented in barrel (1-year-old oak from top Burgundy producers such as Sauzet). The other 50% is given a long, cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine avoids malolactic to preserve the acidity and freshness.”