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|This wine mainly made of Syrah comes from a specific parcel covered with these rounded pebbles, the typical soil of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 2010 is regarded as the best vintage ever in the Rhône Valley, and you can guess it when tasting this bottle. After 20 month spent in oak barrels, the result is a powerful and spicy wine with black fruit aromas, yet very delicate with a complex finish. The ideal wine to drink within good friends on a nice piece of red meat. One of Your Sommelier’s favourite reds of the region.|
|Wine Characteristics||Tasting and cellaring|
|Domain||Domaine de Nalys||Eye||Dark red|
|Vintage||2010||Nose||Black fruits and spices|
|Appellation||Châteauneuf-du-Pape||Mouth||Full-bodied wine with great freshness on the palate and|
|Area||Rhône Valley||well integrated tannins|
|Grapes||Syrah (80%)||Drink before||2025|
|Grenache, Mourvèdre||Open||2 hours before, best decanted|
|Pair it with flavoury dishes, like a rid-eye with peppercorn sauce or even some wild boar meet. Strong chees could also be a good match here|
|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: 90 (Wine Advocate #203 Oct 2012)
"Loads of garrigue, plum sauce, Asian spice, balsam wood and kirsch jump from the glass of the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve. Interestingly, it is a blend of 70% Syrah, 15% Grenache and 15% Mourvedre, also aged in demi-muids. I would never have guessed it included this much Syrah based on the aromas of Provencal herbs, seaweed and dark cherries. Clearly the most concentrated wine of this trio, it is not made in a modern style, but rather is a well-made, classically Provencal red to enjoy over the next decade."
Wine Spectator: 91 (Issue: Web Only - 2013)
"Dense, featuring linzer torte, black cherry paste and plum sauce flavors allied to a slightly rugged structure, with tobacco, lavender and tar notes running through the chewy finish. Shows more brawn than definition, but should settle in with cellaring."
Wine Enthusiast Magazine: 94/100
Le Guide Hachette des Vins: 1* (Very good wine)
|And finally for the wine geeks…|
|Soil||Rounded pebbles with weathered sandstone subsoils|
|Age of the vines||40 years old|
|Ageing||20 months in barrels|
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...