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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red

Château de Nalys - Grand Vin

This Grand Vin de Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a perfect example of the class and complexity of Château de Nalys. An elegant palate with silky, powerful and long-lasting tannins.

Soil type

This wine is produced from three exceptional terroirs : « Nalys » (27%) with red sandstone typical of the Comtat and Saffres, « Bois Sénéchal » (23%) and « La Crau » (50%), both constituted of ancient alluvial stones from the Rhone, the famous galets.

Grape variety

59% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 3% Counoise, 1% Vacarèse

Average age of vines

45 years of age.


Manual harvest and sorting, followed by vinification in wooden conical vats. Vinification lasts around 4 weeks.


Aging for 18 months of which 30% in wood (barrels and foudres).

Average yield

25 Hl/hectare.


Eye : Deep, dark and dense red.
Nose : Intense nose of red and black berries, spice.
Palate : Beautiful composition, silky tannins, power and elegance.
Overall : Expressive, noble and complete.

Vintages 2016


Score : 17.5/20

Tannin surfin, toucher velouté, dans ce millésime le raisin a atteint une parfaite maturité mais sans que la reprise en mains de la propriété (à partir de 2017 !) n’apporte encore ses fruits. 



Score : 92

A big step up, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the top wine of the estate and comes from an incredible terroir in the heart of the appellation. Blackberries, black raspberries, crushed flowers, and a beautiful minerality all flow to a medium to full-bodied, silky 2016 that has the purity of fruit as well as the richness that makes this vintage so compelling.



Score: 95

Destined to become Nalys's new flagship (unless the white version steals the show), the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Grand Vin is a blend of 59% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 3% Counoise and 1% Vaccarèse. It's full-bodied and velvety, offering hints of vanilla and sandalwood, but there also are layers of dark cherry fruit. Subtle notes of cinnamon, clove and allspice add interest to the long, silky finish. It's an auspicious debut for the Guigal team.



Score : 93

This is a fleshy and dense offering, with layers of warm cassis, plum sauce and cherry preserve flavors seamlessly entwined, while warm fruitcake and melted red licorice notes fill in through the finish. There's a whiff of smoky tea at the very end, while the fruit plays out. Best from 2020 through 2034. 7,667 cases made, 2,530 cases imported. — JM


A boire/à garder

Serving temperature

16-18°C (60-64°F).

Ageing potential

15-20 years.

Food and wine matching

Red meats grilled or cooked in sauces, game birds, aged cheeses.

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