Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2011 - Domaine de Nalys

If you wonder what a white Chateauneuf-du-Pape tastes like, this is a great opportunity to find out! Nalys has been one of the main references for white Châteauneuf-du-Pape for years, which represent 15% of the production of the domain (against 6% in average in the rest of the appellation). The 6 different grape varieties used to elaborate this wine give a very elegant and mineral mouthfeel, with distinct fresh citrus and floral notes. Just perfectly balanced, it is one of our favourite whites of the Rhone Valley.

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If you wonder what a white Chateauneuf-du-Pape tastes like, this is a great opportunity to find out! Nalys has been one of the main references for white Châteauneuf-du-Pape for years, which represent 15% of the production of the domain (against 6% in average in the rest of the appellation). The 6 different grape varieties used to elaborate this wine give a very elegant and mineral mouthfeel, with distinct fresh citrus and floral notes. Just perfectly balanced, it is one of our favourite whites of the Rhone Valley.
       
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Domain Domaine de Nalys Eye Pale yellow robe
Vintage 2011 Nose  Expressive and refined with citrus and white flowers notes
Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape Mouth Fresh and fruity mouthfeel, with citrus aromas combined with
Area Rhône Valley   lovely mineral notes which characterize Nalys white wines.
Colour White Drink from Now
Grapes Roussanne (45%) Clairette (35%) Drink before 2014-2015
  Grenache (20%) Open  1 hour before
Type Dry Drinking temperature 10-12°C
       
Food pairing
By itself for an afterwork drink and at dinner with smoked salmon or a grilled seabass
       
A word about the domain
Domaine de Nalys has quite a history, which goes along with the history of the country. It is one of the oldest domains in Chateaunef-du-Pape, probably created in the 16th century and owned by the Nalys family until the French Revolution. As many other private estates, it was seized and sold cheaply to local family ending up in a poor form a century later. The domain really came back in the spotlight in the 1950’s when the new owner, a doctor who gave up his practice to manage the vineyard, started to implement new winemaking techniques and replant all 13 grape varieties allowed in the appellation. Though his methods were highly criticised at the start, Nalys became a reference in the appellation after only a few years and some great wines.

In the 1970’s, the doctor thought it was time to move on and sold half of domain to a few young winemakers and the other half to an insurance company. Since then, they have managed to run the vineyard with the same principles that made its success and the quality of their wines has remained outstanding!
       
What experts say
About the domain
Bettane & Dessauve: 2* (Serious and steady production)

About the wine
Robert Parker: 87 (Wine Advocate #203 Oct 2012)
"Nalys has long had one of the finest reputations for their modern-styled, crisp, fragrant, delicious dry whites. The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is a medium-bodied, Chablis-like white Chateauneuf with more body than most Chablis. It possesses crisp citrus, crushed rock and spring flower notes in its zesty, up-front personality. Enjoy it over the next several years."

Wine Spectator: 91( Issue: Web Only - 2013)
"Vibrant, with a stony frame to the peach pit, chamomile, star fruit and yellow apple flavors. The bright finish has clarity and definition."

La Revue du vin de France: 16.5/20
Gault&Millau: 15/20
Bettane & Dessauve: 15
Gilbert & Gaillard: 90/100
       
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Rounded pebbles with weathered sandstone subsoils
Age of the vines 40 years old
Harvest Manual
Maturing Stainles-steel tanks
Ageing 6 months in tanks
Production 52,800 bottles
Bottled May 2012
Alcohol 13.5%