Wine Spectator 94 points - Well-stuffed, featuring dark fig, blackberry and black currant fruit flavors melding with charcoal and roasted bay leaf accents. The long finish has a loamy edge. Best from 2017 through 2028.-J.M. (Aug 17 2016)
Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2013 Cornas is a brilliant wine from a less than straightforward vintage. Possessing surprising ripeness in its black cherry, wild strawberry, licorice, and ground herb-like aromas and flavors, it’s medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and balanced with a forward, delicious personality that just screams, “Drink me know!” Completely destemmed and aged 12 months used barrels, it’s worth checking out and will drink nicely for 5-7 years.
The first vintage of this wine was 2006. Maxime Graillot makes this wine from three plots (all on slopes): La Côte (60-65 year old vines), Chaillot (10-15 year old vines), and Sarbard (20-25 year old vines). Maxime’s wines are exuberant and expressive, perhaps with a bit more size and fruit power to them.
|Maxime Graillot, son of famed Crozes-Hermitage pioneer Alain Graillot, began making very small quantities of Crozes-Hermitage with the 2004 vintage, and we have been thrilled with the results ever since. Compared to Alain’s wines, Maxime’s are similarly exuberant and expressive, yet perhaps with a bit more size and fruit power to them—possibly a result of the fact that Maxime de-stems nearly all of his grapes, whereas Alain does not de-stem. Maxime shares a cellar with his father, and ages his wines in used Burgundy barrels just like Alain. Beginning with the 2007 vintage, Maxime has begun to produce a dynamite St. Joseph, from a plot in Saint Jean de Muzols in the heart of the original appellation.