Château de Nalys Châteauneuf du Pape 2016
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Château de Nalys|
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Visual Appearance : Dark and deep ruby red color.
Olfactory aspect : Intense nose of red and black berries, spicy notes.
Gustative aspect : Beautiful material, silky tannins, power and elegance.
Overall qualities : Very expressive, noble and complete wine.
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.
This is a fleshy and dense offering, with layers of warm cassis, plum sauce and cherry preserve flavors seamlessly entwined, while warm fruitcake and melted red licorice notes fill in through the finish. There's a whiff of smoky tea at the very end, while the fruit plays out. Best from 2020 through 2034.
Vinified by the previous team at Nalys and blended by Guigal, this is already showing some detail and interest on the nose, and is considerably more concentrated and rich than Les Stes Pierres but retains a good sense of drinkability. It's full-bodied but well-shaped and structured, with fine tannins and good acidity. There's a mineral edge on the finish and a promising depth of fruit. A blend of 59% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 3% Counoise and 1% Vaccarèse, yielding 35 hl/ha. Drinking Window 2018 - 2026
Wine & Spirits
Marcel Guigal and his son Philippe bought this estate in 2017, adding 148 acres of prime Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards to their extensive Rhône Valley holdings. At the time of the sale, the 2016s had already been harvested, but the Guigals finished the blending and aging, holding the wine for 18 months in a combination of barrels (30 percent) and concrete (70 percent) before bottling. It’s an elegant Châteauneuf, sleek in its clean, silky fruit, with a growl of earthy, licorice-tinged tannins that give it length and gravity.
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