LVT 2019 r 2019 wh A leading estate of just over 50 hectares that is being well woken up by the Guigal family, who acquired it from the Groupama insurance company just before the 2017 harvest. They have renamed it Château de Nalys, which has applied since the 2016 vintage. I have always rated these vineyards as some of the best at Châteauneuf-du-Pape; there is red coloured sand - unusual - on Nalys, with other top plots on La Crau, which includes 1920 Clairette blanche, and on Grand Pierre, a site where Domaine du Banneret grow many of the 13 varieties.
There is now a first wine, called Château de Nalys red and white, and a second wine, Bordeaux-style, called Saintes Pierres de Nalys in the red and white. The first full vinification year under Guigal was 2017 - the 2016s straddle the old owners with the tail end of the raising under Guigal, rendering the wines rather safe in such a mighty vintage.
The first whites are very much in the Guigal mould - good, confident winemaking, polished wines with stylish gras central. The Château de Nalys [56% Roussanne] is a little deeper than the Saintes Pierres de Nalys, which is led by Grenache blanc, Bourboulenc and Clairette blanche. The two reds are modern in style, oaked, polished, and the 2019 Château de Nalys red, a ****(*) wine, will benefit from a good long time to rejoin its local provenance, which will come given its inner richness.
Over the years, the approach has been modern, successfully done. For a long time Nalys was a white wine leader - back in the 1970s, for instance. The red cuvées had multiplied, with lots of 1,600 to 4,000 bottles which are highly priced and rather confusing for the domaine's ID in the mind of the average consumer. 75% is bottled, 25% is sold in bulk. The 2015 Eicelnci white was an STGT ****(*) wine.
Philippe Guigal, Jacques Desvernois, Isabelle Ogier route de Courthézon BP39 84231 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cedex
Tel: +33(0)490 83 72 52
Countries exported to:1) USA 2) GB 3) Belgium 4) NL
Percentage Exported: 45%
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