There are few more reliable wines in the world than Domaine Alain Graillot’s appellation-defining Crozes-Hermitage. Its alluring notes of meat, olive, perfume and savoury plum have delighted Syrah lovers for 3 decades. Not only does it offer traditionalism, pure fruit and relatively early drinkability, it ages well too. Alain suggests that 2016 is similar to 2001 in style which, 15 years later, is in fine fettle.
‘Fans of the traditional style should love the 2016 vintage in the northern Rhône, a far cooler year than 2015.’ – Vinous.com
‘The younger vintage, 2016, has even more buzz. Producers are likening it to the classic 2010, with its powerful fruit but greater emphasis on structure and spine.’ – James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
André Perret is ‘one of the stars of Condrieu’ says RobertParker.com and is another perennial Wine Cellar favourite. His limited, 96-point Coteau du Chéry 2016 is ‘just wow’ and complements a fine portfolio of 2016s.
André’s 2016 Saint-Joseph must not be overlooked however. It offers a similarly classic expression of the appellation and more fine value. The granitic soils on the other side of the Rhône River gives the Perret a finer acidity, darker fruit and silkier tannins.
Join us at our Northern Rhône tasting and try the 2016s from Alain Graillot, Auguste Clape, Domaine Jamet, Vignobles Verzier and André Perret on the 24th of April in Cape Town. Book online.
Alain Graillot, Crozes-Hermitage 2016
A light coating of mocha allows dark cherry and plum compote flavours to glide through centre stage while gentle black tea and sandalwood notes fill in on the finish. Alluring. Drink now through 2022. – Wine Spectator, 92/100
Completely whole cluster as always, the 2016 Crozes-Hermitage comes across as slightly ashy and vegetal, yet it has enough green olive, cola and raspberry notes to possess a sense of balance. It’s medium to full-bodied, with a silky mouthfeel and a long finish. – Wine Advocate, 90/100
André Perret, Saint-Joseph 2016
Brilliant ruby. Smoky, mineral-accented cherry and blackberry aromas are complicated by hints of candied violet, olive and licorice. Supple and broad in the mouth, offering concentrated black and blue fruit flavors that become sweeter and spicier with air. A suave floral pastille note builds on the clinging finish, which shows very good clarity and sneaky tannins. – Vinous.com, 91/100
Off a granite site in Chavanay, Perret’s 2016 Saint-Joseph is a tarry, black olive-scented wine that comes across as full-bodied and sturdy but also ripe and juicy. Black cherries linger on the mouthwatering, silky finish. – Wine Advocate, 90/100