Maxime Graillot of Domaine des Lises continues the Crozes-Hermitage tradition that his father Alain was famed for, while steering it in an exciting direction. Abundance of pure blueberries, blackberries and hints of violets and black olives. Maxime has a light touch with whole-bunch additions of around 30%, just to drive the structure, with the focus on up-front fruit drinkability. Single vineyard fruit located near the village of Beaumont-Monteaux. If you’re looking to be convinced by Shiraz from the old world, this is the perfect place to start.