"Antoine and Maxime Graillot produce very fine wines, clear, precise with a lot of character and depth."
The soils in the Rhone Valley are the result of a geological collision between the Massif Central and the Alps, creating the valley. This region can be split into two sub-regions, Northern and Southern Rhône. The granitic rocks of Northern Rhône are the consequences of volcanic activity in the Massif Central three hundred million years ago. From Vienne to Valence, granite soils and very narrow steep slopes over are making ideal the cultivation of Syrah on terraced vineyards, bordered by walls that retain the earth.
A Passionate Lineage
Domaine Alain Graillot dates back from 1985, when Alain immediately gained recognition for producing the best wines of the appellation. Maxime Graillot no longer stands in the shadow of his celebrated father. Today he has the senior winemaking role and is carving his own place in the history of the Northern Rhône. The latest vintages released by Maxime compare very favourably with those from his father’s in term of quality and ranking amongst the appellation, ignoring obvious stylistic differences.