Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée "Eicelenci" 2010 - Domaine de Nalys

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A highly complex white with a lot of different and subtle aromas - white fruits, citrus, flowers... This white wine is mainly made of Roussanne, a delicate grape variety that is difficult to grow but gives astonishing perfumes to wines. A few light wooden notes complete the tasting on a long, very long finish. Simply remarkable.
       
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Domain Domaine de Nalys Eye Pale yellow
Vintage 2010 Nose  Ripe citrus aromas, with lovely notes of white flowers.
Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape Mouth Nice complexity on the palate with well balanced oaky taste.
Area Rhône Valley   Lovely aromatic persistency.
Colour White Drink from Now
Grapes Roussanne (40%) Grenache (30%) Drink before 2015
  Clairette (30% ) Open  1 hour before
Type Dry Drinking temperature 10-12°C
       
Food pairing
Drink on grilled gambas with a spicy curry sauce as well as refined goat cheeses
       
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
Wine Spectator:91 (Issue: Web Only - 2013)
"A lush, creamy style, with lovely mouthfeel carrying creamed peach, melon and brioche notes. The long finish lets flickers of hazelnut and heather glide through. Very inviting."

Gault&Millau: 16/20
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 70% oak barrels, 30% concrete vats
Ageing 9 months in barrels
Production 4,000 bottles
Bottled August 2011
Alcohol 14%

 

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