Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2008 - Domaine de Nalys

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This Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a straight, concentrated and complex red wine. The tannins are very well integrated, which softens this full-bodied red and gives it a good balance. Shows aromas of red berries and light spices on the palate, ending up with a really long finish that calls for the next sip. A simply delicious wine, just perfectly evolved to start drinking it now. An amazing value for money if you like reds from the Southern Rhone Valley.
 
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Domain Domaine de Nalys Eye Dark red with grey notes
Vintage 2008 Nose  Rich and concentated aromas of red fruits and pepper
Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape Mouth Red berries and light spices on the palate, ending up with a really
Area Rhône Valley   long finish that calls for the next sip
Colour Red Drink from Now
Grapes Grenache (66%) Drink before 2017
  Syrah (21%) other (13%) Open  2 hours before
Type Dry Drinking temperature 16-17°C
       
Food pairing
Enjoy with a piece of marinated lamb, a roasted quail or partridge and mature cheese like farm brie, epoisses and maroilles
 
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: 16.5 (19 Nov 2009 by JR)
"Light greyish crimson. Not the freshest of samples on the nose. Very rich and sweet and concentrated – pretty interesting! There is more complexity here than most. Solid, rather earnest stuff. Quite long. Denser than most. Appetising too."

Wine Spectator: 89 (Issue: Feb 28, 2011)
"Lively, with a mix of damson plum, anise, mulled cherry and pepper notes, carried by rounded structure. The finish is open-knit, with lingering red berry fruit."

La Revue du Vin de France: 15.5/20
Gault&Millau: 15/20
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Rounded pebbles with weathered sandstone subsoils
Age of the vines 40 years old
Harvest Manual
Maturing Oak barrels and concrete tanks
Ageing 18 months in barrels
Production 200,000 bottles
Bottled May 2010
Alcohol 14.5%

 

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