The Guigal family purchased Domaine de Nalys following the 2016 harvest and have rechristened it as Chateau de Nalys. Château de Nalys is exceptionally situated at the heart of the appellation, facing the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and its celebrated Papal palace. Four centuries of history. Already listed in regional land registers at the end of the 16th century, Château de Nalys is one of the oldest properties in the appellation.
Made mainly from the terroir of "La Crau", the blend consists mainly of Grenache strengthened by a high proportion of Syrah and decorated with Mourvèdre, Counoise and Vacarèse. Intense and colorful, the Grand Vin of Château de Nalys is aged for 18 months for a third in casks and barrels of oak. Deep ruby red in color, this wine has aromas of dark berries and spicy notes. The palate, noble and with silky tannins, is powerful and very persistent. This Grand Vin from Châteauneuf-du-Pape perfectly illustrates the nobility and complexity of Château de Nalys.
Destined to become Nalys's new flagship (unless the white version steals the show), the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Grand Vin is a blend of 59% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 3% Counoise and 1% Vaccarèse. It's full-bodied and velvety, offering hints of vanilla and sandalwood, but there also are layers of dark cherry fruit. Subtle notes of cinnamon, clove and allspice add interest to the long, silky finish. It's an auspicious debut for the Guigal team. Tasted: Nov 18; Drink: 2018-2030; Rating: 95 Points; Joe Czerwinski; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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