As always, Maxime’s estate Crozes comes from a grouping of vineyards near the village of Beaumont-Monteux, only a couple of kilometres from his father’s vines. The lieu-dits are called Les Bosquets and Les Pichères. Here, in the most south-easterly part of the appellation, the soils are full of gravel and alluvial stones, low in clay and fast-draining—very similar to the Domaine Alain Graillot soils in Les Chênes Verts, just to the north. This soil type lends itself to a refined, aromatic Syrah with a pronounced savoury profile. Planted throughout the 1980s, the vines are now managed organically (certification is due soon). The fermentations are entirely natural, and Graillot Jr. uses only a small whole-bunch component, usually in the realm of 20-30%. It is, therefore, a wine that tends to ‘come around’ earlier than the 100% whole-bunch wines that carry the Alain Graillot name. The 2020 was fermented in concrete vats and then racked into one, two and three-year-old Burgundy barrels—purchased from some of the top estates—and 12-hectolitre Stockinger cask. There is also a tiny component (less than 10%) of new barrels purchased from the Atelier Centre France, whose bespoke steam-bent barrels are now used at Guiberteau, Didier Dagueneau and François Chidaine. The wine spent 11 months in barrel and was brought together for three months in large fût tronconique. It is bottled unfiltered.

Grape Variety






Wine Style

Red - juicy, smooth, medium-bodied


Berry fruits, florals, spice and mineral aromas lead to a palate flush with measured ripeness, tight-grained and beautifully integrated tannins, snappy acidity and a densely compact and multi-layered mouthfeel. The finish is prolonged and studded with notes of graphitic minerals and more spice.

Dietary Notes




Food Pairing

Braised beef

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Domaine des Lises

Domaine des Lises Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2020

$74.99 per bottle
208,560 PTS
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