Richard Hemming MW writes one of the first pieces covering the new Chateau de Nalys wines from Guigal. You can read the full article here (subscription required), and the comments on the wines below. While these initial reviews are great, it is indeed the comments that are most exciting.
Guigal, Saintes Pierres de Nalys 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
36% Clairette, 29% Bourboulenc, 25% Grenache Blanc, 7% Roussanne, 3% Picardin. 20% aged in demi-muids for eight months. 50% malolactic fermentation. Bottled June 2018.
More overtly grapey aromas than the Guigal Châteauneuf, but the same substantial concentration and waxy texture. Melon and peach fruit on the long aftertaste. Achieves volume without distortion. (RH)
Guigal, Ch de Nalys 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
43% Roussanne, 33% Grenache Blanc, 15% Clairette, 6% Bourboulenc, 3% Piquepoul. 70% aged in demi-muids for eight months. 60% malolactic fermentation. Bottled June 2018.
Creamier and more sweetly spiced than their Saintes Pierres, with plush, lush texture and great fragrance. Lavish oak, but it’s not ostentatious. The orchard fruit of the Roussanne comes through clearly. (RH)
Guigal, Saintes Pierres de Nalys 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
69% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 4% Muscardin, 1% Counoise, 1% Mourvèdre. 10% aged in foudres for 18 months. Bottled June 2018.
Riper red fruit than the Guigal 2015 with juicy blackberry fruit and black olive aromas too. Very full. A rip-roarer, and still quite raw. Has the power of the vintage, so should improve. (RH)
Guigal, Ch de Nalys 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Barrel sample. 59% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 3% Counoise, 1% Vacarèse. 30% aged in barriques and foudres.
Superb red fruit, really showcasing the purity of Grenache. Clay-textured tannins. Great perfume, with a scent a bit like fennel. There’s a real broad scope of flavour here, although it will need time to express itself fully. (RH)
Since its creation in 1946 by Etienne Guigal, the Guigal family has produced a Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The terroirs of Nalys realize a dream spanning three generations to join this leading prestigious and historic appellation. Marcel and Philippe Guigal will bring passion and rigour, their family quality philosophy, and the ambition of waving the flag of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at the very highest level.