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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red

Saintes Pierres de Nalys

An elegant, punchy wine with seductive aromas of fresh fruits. Thanks to the subtle balance of freshness and richness it can be enjoyed young.

Soil type

This wine is produced from three exceptional terroirs : « Nalys » (33%) with red sandstone typical of the Comtat and Saffres, « Bois Sénéchal » (33%) and « La Crau » (34%), both constituted of ancient alluvial stones from the Rhone, the famous galets.

Grape variety

69% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 4% Muscardin, 1 % Counoise, 1% Mourvèdre

Average age of vines

45 years of age.

Winemaking

Manual harvest and sorting, followed by temperature controlled vinification between 28-30°C (82-86°F). Fermentation takes around 4 weeks.

Ageing

18 months in stainless steel and foudres (10%).

Average yield

19 Hl / hectare

Tasting

Eye : Deep, dark and profound red.
Nose : Elegant nose, open with notes of red fruits.
Palate : Ample and supple tannins while keeping a lovely frame.
Overall : A rich wine, balanced between richness and freshness.
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Vintages 2017

JEB DUNNUCK

Score : 92

Coming from tiny yields (the estate was down 40% in 2017), the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Saintes Pierres De Nalys offers a ripe, medium to full-bodied, balanced style as well as lots of classic dark berry fruits, licorice, garrigue, and peppery goodness. Balanced, with a great core of fruit, it’s a softer, more forward, charming wine than the grand vin and is ideal for drinking over the coming decade.

 

WINE ADVOCATE

Score : (91 - 93)

The first vintage vinified under Guigal ownership, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Saintes Pierres features hints of garrigue layered over expressive cherries and mixed berries. Full-bodied and supple, with a long, peppery finish, it should drink well young. The assemblage is 50% Grenache, 23% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 8% Counoise, 6% Muscardin, 2% Mourvèdre and 1% Terret Noir. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

Consumption

A boire/à garder

Serving temperature

16-18°C (60-64°F).

Ageing potential

8-10 years.

Food and wine matching

An assortment of charcuterie, red meat grilled or cooked in a sauce like a spring lamb stew, a platter of aged cheeses.

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