The 2011 of Alain Graillot’s Crozes Hermitage recently turned up on nearby shelves. Since I’ve previously reviewed the 2010 and 2009 on release, I had to put this one to the test as well.
2011 Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage
Dark red colour with purple. Nose with blackberries, some liquroice, slightly flowery with violets, cloves, some animal notes including meat juices, and something that feels a bit like iron filings. Rather typical Northern Rhône Syrah nose. Medium bodied, dark berries with tart berry notes, good acidity, medium tannins, some tannic bite in the aftertaste. Rather young, but drinks rather well now, 86 p.
An OK Crozes-Hermitage, but not as expressive, balanced or good as the 2010 – my favourite vintage in Rhône in the period from 2006 – or with quite the power of the 2009. This is more or less what I’d expect, since 2011 in general isn’t quite as good as the two previous vintages. However, it is possible to find 2011 Rhônes that are better than this at the same or lower price. Perhaps even better would be to seek out remaining 2010s from various producers.
The Swedish version of this post can be found here.