2019 Cuvée Ghany Domaine Gaylord Machon
There is always a twinkle of mischief in the eye when we visit Gaylord and my visit in January was no different. His 2019 Cuvee Ghany is full on explosion of bright blue fruits, with pepper and maybe a touch of chocolate too, nicely balanced, the field is busy with good Crozes, this is step above the rest. Tasted again with Gaylord at Descouvertes en Valley du Rhone in April, backed up my earlier thoughts, this is a brilliant cuvee from a really good winemaker in his stride, drinking nicely now but will be great over the next 5-8 years L&S (May 2022)
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Plenty of bright berry fruits, pepper, earth, and some chocolaty notes emerge from the 2019 Crozes-Hermitage Ghany, a rich, mouth-filling, rock-solid Crozes-Hermitage that will benefit from another year or two of bottle age and keep for 7-8 years or more.Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (May 2022)
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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