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2009 Domaine Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2012

Deep ruby.  Black raspberry and cherry on the nose and palate, with fresh violet and anise qualities adding vivacity.  Juicy and precise but nicely concentrated too, with a seamless texture and very good thrust.  Finishes sweet, spicy and long, with resonating florality and lingering spice notes.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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