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Châteauneuf-du-Pape White

Saintes Pierres de Nalys

A stunning wine with remarkably pure aromas, this is a fresh Châteauneuf-du-Pape with peach and citrus notes.

Soil type

This wine is produced from three exceptional terroirs : « Nalys » (34%) with red sandstone typical of the Comtat and Saffres, « Bois Sénéchal » (63%) and « La Crau » (3%), both constituted of ancient alluvial stones from the Rhone, the famous galets.

Grape variety

36% Clairette, 29% Bourboulenc, 25% Grenache blanc, 7 % Roussanne, 3% Picardan

Average age of vines

45 years of age.

Winemaking

Manual harvest and sorting, pressing and clarification of must before temperature controlled vinification at 18°C (64°F).

Ageing

Aging for 8 months, 20% in wood (barrels, demi-muids).

Average yield

22 Hl / hectare.

Tasting

Eye : Pale youthful gold, brilliant and limpid.
Nose : Elegant mineral nose with notes of citrus and peach.
Palate : A beautiful richness, with freshness and minerality.
Overall : Complete wine, elegant and balanced.
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Vintages 2017

BETTANE+DESSEAUVE

Score : 17.5/20

Les parfums sont encore un peu réservés. L’entame de bouche est d’une grande fraîcheur, avec un développement sur les fruits secs et des notes plus viandées savoureuses, une touche fumée qui persiste, plus de profondeur que le châteauneuf guigal. 

 

JEB DUNNUCK

Score : 92

The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Saintes Pierres De Nalys Blanc checks in as a blend of 36% Clairette, 29% Bourboulenc, and the rest Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Picardan, aged 8 months in wood. Its light gold color is followed by a rich, layered wine that has bright acidity as well as a straight, focused, classic style. Offering up notions of white peach, sliced apples, and subtle honeyed minerality, this concentrated, terrific white will keep for over a decade. The Saintes Pierres de Nalys white comes from all three of the distinct terroirs of the estate yet is mostly from the Bois Sénéchal lieu-dit, which is located just across the road from the domaine.

 

WINE ADVOCATE

Score : 91

A blend of 36% Clairette, 29% Bourboulenc, 25% Grenache Blanc, 7% Roussanne and 3% Picardan, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Saintes Pierres Blanc reflects the first vintage since the Guigal family took over ownership of this historic estate. It's a second wine, culled from elements that didn't go into the main cuvée, but it's still a solid effort. It's an interesting marriage of linear notes of crushed stone and lime with rounder, riper notes of melon and tangerine. Medium to full-bodied, there's a chalky-mineral-tonic feel on the palate that keeps it lively through the fresh, clean finish.

Consumption

A boire

Serving temperature

10-12°C (50-54°F).

Ageing potential

3-5 years.

Food and wine matching

A variety of starters, fish baked in salt, grilled, prepared as crudo or sashimi, fresh or aged goat cheese.

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of the domain

Producing

exceptional wines