Equis Crozes Hermitage Equinoxe
|Region||France, Rhone, Crozes-Hermitage|
Screwcap. 100% Syrah. These days this wine is sourced primarily from a mature, gravelly and organically farmed site in Pont de l'Isère that has not seen any herbicides or pesticides for 10 years. This site is owned and managed by a good friend and neighbor of the Graillot clan, enabling the vigneron and producer to work very closely together to achieve the highest quality. It is this recent collaboration that has seen the Equinoxe cuvée reach ever-greater heights. The wine was fermented in concrete tank and large wooden tronconique vats (with a degree of carbonic maceration), and aged in tronconique vats (for nine months). Absolutely true to form, this Crozes-Hermitage gets better by the year. True, the vintage had a good say with this year's explosive and exuberant release, yet Max Graillot's intimacy with his vineyards and the move towards large format winemaking also play their role. Simply, a no-brainer for Northern Rhône lovers; a delicious supple Syrah, packed with blackcurrant and blackberry jube fruit with a twist of anise and delightfully sappy-peppery finish.