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.
Equal of the three terroirs of the Castle, the blend is dominated by Grenache (2/3) and Syrah (1/4) then Cinsault, Muscardin, Counoise, Mourvèdre contribute to its complexity. Raised mainly in vats, this elegant and tonic wine has a seductive nose revealing notes of fresh fruit. Saintes Pierres de Nalys red illustrates the expression of a Châteauneuf-du-Pape with ample tannins and a beautiful outfit. Its subtle balance allows a tasting in its youth, between richness and freshness.
The "second wine" of Nalys, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Saintes Pierres is a blend of 69% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 4% Muscardin, and 1% each Counoise and Mourvèdre. It was put together by the Guigal team, although the vinifications took place prior to the acquisition. It's an attractive, full-bodied wine that delivers ripe cherries, a hint of stone fruit and very supple tannins. It's a bit too easy to think it will be a long-term cellar candidate, but it's a ripe, juicy mouthful of fruit to drink over the next 6-7 years. Tasted: Nov 18; Drink: 2018-2025; Rating: 92 Points; Joe Czerwinski; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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