#9 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011
The "La Guiraude" cuvée is not a specific terroir, but a selection of the year's best lots, chosen after Alain has tasted every barrel.
"This is very tight now, with a wall of iron-clad structure holding the core of blackberry, cassis and black cherry fruit in check. Notes of tar, iron and sweet tobacco lurk in the background. The long, long finish is all minerally cut. A brick-house Crozes that demands cellaring. Maybe the best vintage yet for this cuvée. Best from 2013 through 2020. 650 cases made."
"Absolutely phenomenal, and one of the best wines he has ever made, is Graillot’s top cuvee, the 2009 Crozes-Hermitage Cuvee Speciale La Guiraude. Dense purple, with notes of charcoal, blackberry, cassis, licorice, earth and pepper, the wine is full-bodied, rich, very primary and unevolved, but loaded with fruit, glycerin, body buttressed by crisp acids and sweet, abundant tannin. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the next 15 or more years. "
The Wine Advocate
"Opaque ruby. Pungent aromas of blackberry, fresh violet and rooty sassafras. Sappy and smooth on the palate, offering lush dark berry and bitter cherry flavors as well as notes of candied flowers and licorice. Finishes on a spicy note, with very good thrust and length.
International Wine Cellar