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Alain Graillot
Pont de L'isere, Rhone Valley, France

Northern Rhône native, Alain Graillot, is recognized by his passion for Syrah. Prior to starting his own domaine, Alain worked in Burgundy, where he received guidance from the reputable Jacques Seysses of Domaine Dujac. In 1985, Alain founded Domaine Alain Graillot just outside the village of Pont de l’Isère, about 6 km south of Tain-l’Hermitage. He is now considered one of the most highly sought-after producers in the Northern Rhône due to his exuberant, robust and impeccably made Syrah-based wines.

The family owns 22 ha of vineyards made up of 30-year-old vines in Crozes-Hermitage that are planted on well-drained, flat alluvial plains between the Rhône and Isère Rivers and two small parcels of 12-year-old vines in St. Joseph planted on hard, granite slopes that produce a slightly fresher, easy-drinking wine. Total plantings include Syrah for reds and Marsanne and Roussanne for whites. The vines are farmed organically with traditional chemical-free vineyard management techniques, and all fruit is hand-harvested and respected based on its expressive terroir.

Beginning with the 2008 vintage, Alain’s son, Maxime Graillot, owner of Domaine Equis, took on the role of running his well-respected father’s Domaine in addition to his own. The red wines that Maxime produces under his father’s label maintain a traditional appeal of using stems and whole-cluster to add structure and longevity. Part of the wine (80%) ages in 1- to 3-year-old barrels from top Burgundy producers, while the remaining (20%) ages in concrete vats. Wine styles are similarly exuberant and expressive, yet with greater intensity and fruit power. Alain Graillot has an annual production of around 10,000 cases.

“Alain has a passion for the Syrah grape from which he makes hand crafted wines of great distinction and enormous elegance.”
- The Wine Spectator


The wines of Alain Graillot are allocated; please consult your Sales Representative regarding availability.

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Wines:
2012 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 'La Guiraude' [BRG300_12]
2012 Alain Graillot Syrocco Morocco Syrah [BRG400_12]
2013 Alain Graillot 'Syrocco' Morocco Syrah [BRG400_13]
2013 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 'La Guiraude' [BRG300_13]
2013 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Rouge [BRG100_13]
2014 Alain Graillot 'Syrocco' Morocco Syrah [BRG400_14]
2014 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 'La Guiraude' [BRG300_14]
2014 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Blanc [BRG110_14]
2014 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Rouge [BRG100_14]
2015 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 'La Guiraude' [BRG300_15]
2015 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Blanc [BRG110_15]
2015 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Rouge [BRG100_15]
2015 Alain Graillot Saint Joseph Rouge [BRG320_15]
2016 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Blanc [BRG110_16]