Style: Full-bodied Red Vintage: 2015 ABV: 14.5%
Appellation: Crozed Hermitage Varietal: Syrah
Region: Northern Rhone, County: France
Maxime Graillot is committed to maintaining freshness and delicate extraction which worked really well in the excellent 2015 vintage... a vintage so good that Marcel Guigal said, 'In 55 years, I've never seen anything like it.' More layered and supple than the 2014, the Equinoxe has rich, pulpy dried fruits, red licorice and juicy carbonic notes; great fruit supported by lifted freshness and velvety tannins. The wine was fermented in concrete tank and large wooden tronconique vats (with a degree of carbonic maceration), and aged in tronconique vats only. You could look at this like a 'Crozes Nouveau'.
Equinoxe is made in the heart of Crozes-Hermitage from 90% de-stemmed grapes and aged in used DRC barrels. This is juicy, exuberant, and expressive – delicious right out of the gate!
The forward, fruity and straight-up delicious 2015 Crozes Hermitage Equinoxe offers a forward, medium+ bodied style, as well as sweet, light tannin, lots of plum and strawberry fruits, solid mid-palate depth and no hard edges. It's ideal for drinking in its first 7-8 years of life. It should be a killer Northern Rhône introduction. - 90 pts Wine Advocate