2017 Cuvée Ghany Domaine Gaylord Machon
Exotic notes of ground pepper, Christmas spice, leafy herbs, and flowers emerge from the 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Ghany, which comes from more pebbly, alluvial soils and spent 18 months in demi-muids. Medium-bodied on the palate, it has solid depth and richness as well as acidity and shows more exotic flower notes on the palate as well. It's a singular, interesting Syrah with plenty of upfront appeal, and I suspect it will keep for upwards of a decade. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 89 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Dec 202019)
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Named after Ghany who is Gaylord's nine-year-old son. A highly expressive, lively style with good acidity and vivid forest berry fruit. A little sappy resinous side to the finish adds length and interest. Good sense of freshness and focus. Juicy, mouthwatering finish. Better than the Lhony this year (named after his other son). Good tension and freshness. Grown on clay limestone soils with galets roulés, this undergoes carbonic maceration to start with, followed by traditional alcoholic fermentation. Drinking range: 2020 - 2023 Rating: 92 Matt Walls, Decanter.com (Oct 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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