The vineyards of Crozes Hermitage surround the hill of Hermitage. Though they do not rise as high, nor are they on the steepest slopes, they are subject to similar climatic conditions. The difference between the wines of Crozes Hermitage and Hermitage can be mainly attributed to the soil: as you venture down the Hermitage slopes, the soil profile changes from hard granite to denser, sandier, clay-rich soils.
Alain Graillot has produced wines according to his integrity and high standards since 1985. Born in the Northern Rhône, Alain left to establish a career in business, but returned home to pursue his dream of creating great wines. Without an opportunity to step into an existing family winery, Alain undertook formal studies in Burgundy while seeking the guidance and inspiration of the best of a new generation of winemakers, including Jacques Seysses of Domaine Dujac. He now has some 15 hectares in Crozes Hermitage itself, as well as 1 hectare in St-Joseph. He matures his red wines in one-year-old French oak barrels from Burgundy.
“One of the reference points for top-flight Crozes Hermitage, as well as a small amount of St. Joseph, these wines are all aged in small oak. They represent exceptional bargains in top vintages.”
Robert Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide #7, 2008