Produced on free-draining calcareous-clay terraces with lots of large stones in les Chassis, Gaylord gives this a cold soak followed by classic alcoholic fermentation, and an élevage of thirteen months, one third in cuve, and two thirds being aged in large barrels (demi-muids). Both his wines seem to have more in common with Côte Rôtie than Hermitage, a silky fresh appeal with lots of fruit on nose and palate. Drinking range: 2018 - 2021 L&S (Sep 2018)
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Named after Gaylord Machon's oldest son. Soft yet Vibrant palate of smoked meats, burnt herbs and forest berries with pliant and succulent tannins. A characterful drinkable, complex style, if not the most intense. Drinking range: 2019 - 2022Decanter Magazine(Mar 2019)
Even though this wine has now had a good couple of years in bottle it is still a beautifully vibrant, youthful colour with very attractive exuberant fruit; lots of ripe bramble, mulberry and blackberry fruit offset by soft, finely grained tannins. There are no obvious oak notes with 2/3 of the blend having been aged in large barrels. A modern, supple, fruit-forward style that is frankly delicious! Rating: 91 The Wine Gang - www.thewinegang.com(Dec 2018)
Domaine Gaylord Machon
Domaine Gaylord Machon is in Beaumont-Monteux, in the heart of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation, on 'les châssis' a name which derives from the numerous large stones found in this area, which make for a particularly free-draining soil. 5% of the domaine is Marsanne and Roussanne, from which a tiny amount of white is made, the rest being all Syrah for the two cuvées of red.
All the work in the vines is manual, including the harvest. Gaylord took over 5 hectares of family vines in 2002, the produce of which he took to the co-op, like his forbears, until 2008, when he began to sell the grapes of what was then an enlarged 8.5 hectares to Paul Jaboulet Ainé. In 2011 he made his first wine. He is a qualified winemaker, and had trained with Luc Tardy and Laurent Combier, among others.
Gaylord built his own vinification cellar in 2014, and today vinifies about half his red production and all the white.
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