2019 Guigal Château de Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Grand Vin

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Type of Wine Red
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Côte-Rôtie
Winery Guigal
Vintage 2019
Grape Grenache Mourvedre Syrah-Shiraz
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (15.5%)
Drink window 2023 - 2035
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E. Guigal has been releasing Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines since the French estate was founded in 1946. The culmination of decades of searching and planning, Guigal finally acquired his own estate in the famous appellation, Château de Nalys, in 2016. The 2017 whites are the first wines the new team has been able to make from start to finish, while the 2016 reds are

The first releases from Château de Nalys debuted at the end of 2018. “We have been looking for a quality estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape for about 20 years,” says Philippe Guigal, the third-generation winemaker of the family business. With our years of Châteauneuf-du-Pape experience since 1942, people knew what we wanted, but more importantly, they knew what they didn't want. That is why Château de Nalys is the combination of an excellent terroir combined with a deep and strong history, and one with amazing potential and is without doubt one of the most exciting terroirs for Châteauneuf.

The Nalys estate is mentioned in several documents dating back more than 400 years and takes its name from the original inhabitant, Jacques Nalis. Guigal is only the fourth owner “We remain very humble and have a lot to learn from our terroirs but we are eager to show the full potential of the great domain and spend a lot of time and energy to achieve this,” says Guigal.

The rich history of Chateau Nalys goes back even further than this special estate. The area was settled around the late 10th or early 11th century, and by 1317 Pope John XXII began building the hilltop castle in the village after which it is now partly named.

As for the Nalys estate itself, it consists of 60 hectares divided into three parcels of equal size, each with its own terroir. One of these, La Crau, shows pebbly soil — the rounded rocks are known as galets roulés — and is in what Guigal calls, "the most recognizable and legendary terroir of Châteauneuf."

The Chateau de Nalys Grand Vin is destined to become the new flagship of Nalys. This Chateauneuf du Pape Grand Vin is a blend of 59% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 3% Counoise and 1% Vaccarèse. It's full and velvety, with hints of vanilla and sandalwood, but there are also layers of dark cherry fruit. Subtle notes of cinnamon, cloves and allspice enhance the long, silky finish. Ripe dark plums and chocolate to finish. It is a promising debut for the Guigal team. The wine is already delicious to drink, but can also easily be stored in the cellar for another 15 years.

Vineyard for 2019 Guigal Château de Nalys Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Grand Vin

Maison E. Guigal is a winery with a great reputation. The company was founded in 1946 and is now three generations old. Founder Etienne Guigal strongly determined the current identity of this producer. Before setting up his own winery he collected his first experiences with the producer Vidal-Fleury. Marcel Guigal and his son Philippe are now in charge of the company. The latter is responsible for winemaking and thus follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, who experienced no fewer than 67 vintages.

Guigal is located in Ampuis, just 38 km south of Lyon. Here it has 60 hectares of land in the Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Châteauneuf du Pape, Tavel and Gigondas appellations. The Guigals are now also the owners of Domaine de Bonserine and Vidal Fleury. Since 1995, Guigal has managed the company from the famous Château d'Ampuis. This castle dates from the 12th century and was rebuilt in the Renaissance style in the 16th century.

The wine magazine Decanter named Marcel Guigal in 2006 "Man of the year." Renowned wine guide Guide Hachette takes it one step further and calls Guigal "the best winemaker in the world." Robert Parker also has deep respect for Guigal. The top wines of this producer regularly receive the highest score of 100 points. The 'La La' wines are special. These come from the 3 top locations 'La Turque', 'La Landonne', and 'La Moulin'.

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Type of Wine Red
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Côte-Rôtie
Winery Guigal
Grape Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah-Shiraz
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2019
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2035
Alcohol % 15.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 96
James Suckling rating 93
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Rustic, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Full
Drink moments Barbecue, Cadeau!, Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch
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