Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée "Le Châtaignier" 2010 - Domaine de Nalys

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This special «cuvée» also comes from a specific parcel, but exclusively made of old Grenache and Mourvèdre vines (65 years old). They provide an exceptional concentration and make the wine powerful, tannic and spicy. A superb wine that will improve further after a few years in a cellar - it should impress any proper wine amateur.
Wine CharacteristicsTasting and cellaring
DomainDomaine de NalysEyeDeep ruby/purple colour
Vintage2010Nose Black and red fruits with hints of anis and licorice
AppellationChâteauneuf-du-PapeMouthPowerful and spicy with sweet tannins and a round, plump,
AreaRhône Valley succulent finish
ColourRedDrink fromNow
GrapesGrenache (92%) Mourvedre (8%)Drink before2025
TypeDryOpen 2 hours before
  Drinking temperature16°C
Food pairing
This wine will nicely pair with charcuterie, venison leg, grilled duck breast  or refined 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
Jancis robinson: 17.5 (20 Dec 2011 by JR)
"Dark crimson. High toned. Very sweet start and some attractive spiciness. Rather relaxed with just a bit of extra concentration and an astringent finish. Sufficiently refreshing."

Robert Parker: 90 (Wine Advocate #203 Oct 2012)
"The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Chataignier is composed of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre from 65-year-old vines, all aged in demi-muids, some of which are new. It is a denser, richer effort displaying a deep ruby/purple color, sweet boysenberry, cranberry and dark cherry fruit notes, and hints of loamy soil, Provencal herbs and licorice. Sweet tannins, a round, plump, succulent finish, and good accessibility make it somewhat atypical for a 2010. It should be consumed in its first 7-8 years of life."

Gilbert & Gaillard: 92/100
Gault&Millau: 16/20
Bettane & Dessauve: 14
And finally for the wine geeks…
SoilRounded pebbles with weathered sandstone subsoils
Age of the vines65 years old
MaturingOak barrels
Ageing20 months in barrels
Production10,000 bottles
BottledMay 2012


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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée "Le Châtaignier" 2010 - Domaine de Nalys

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée "Le Châtaignier" 2010 - Domaine de Nalys