2015 Cuvée Lhony Domaine Gaylord Machon
Financial Times: Jancis Robinson’s best red wines to drink this Christmas: 'A ripe but muscular northern Rhône Syrah that should satisfy many over the next few years.’ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Nov 2019)
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Made from Gaylord's older vines (thirty year old in 2015), this upper cuvée is produced from lower yields of 35hl/ha, and is all aged in wood - large 'demi-muid' barrels, some new, some which have had one wine in previously. A fuller, richer wine than its brother Cuvée Ghany, it is still in the same supple, elegant style with excellent juice and definition. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024L&S(Sep 2018)
Classic Crozes showing some of the tar and pepper of cool climate, old vine Syrah and yet an opulent mid-palate of succulently textured dark fruit enveloped in softening oak for a combination of richness and elegant balance. This has a good five years’ life in it. Rating: 91 The Wine Gang - www.thewinegang.com(Dec 2019)
Lustrous pillarbox red. Very obviously fairly ripe northern Rhône Syrah. Much fruitier than many. Yet bone dry on the finish and really muscular. GV Drinking range: 2018 - 2023 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Nov 2019)
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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