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Three extraordinary vineyards coming together in an intensely expressive, utterly complete wine. The Grand Vin defines the estate style with a precision of fruit, spice and minerality and notably, a beautifully composed structure that unfolds and builds (and builds). Notably, 50% of the blend comes from La Crau, which lends this structure. Primarily intense old vine Grenache, with a large portion of Syrah, and additions of several other varieties, including most of the estate’s Mourvedre.
Deep, dark and dense red color. An intense nose of red and black berries and spice. A beautiful composition, with silky tannins, power and elegance. Expressive, noble and complete.
Pair with red meats either grilled or cooked in sauces, game birds, or aged cheeses.
Blend: 59% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 3% Counoise, 1% Vaccarèse
95 Points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
93 Points by James Suckling
Very rich, multilayered Châteauneuf with ripe red-plum and dark-berry aromas. The palate has such intense and fresh, juicy-fruit drive. Long and focused finish. Drink or hold.
92 Points by Decanter
Vinified by the previous team at Nalys and blended by Guigal, this is already showing some detail and interest on the nose, and is considerably more concentrated and rich than Les Stes Pierres but retains a good sense of drinkability. It's full-bodied but well-shaped and structured, with fine tannins and good acidity. There's a mineral edge on the finish and a promising depth of fruit. A blend of 59% Grenache, 32% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 3% Counoise and 1% Vaccarèse, yielding 35 hl/ha. Drinking Window 2018 - 2026
91 Points by Wine & Spirits
Marcel Guigal and his son Philippe bought this estate in 2017, adding 148 acres of prime Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards to their extensive Rhône Valley holdings. At the time of the sale, the 2016s had already been harvested, but the Guigals finished the blending and aging, holding the wine for 18 months in a combination of barrels (30 percent) and concrete (70 percent) before bottling. It’s an elegant Châteauneuf, sleek in its clean, silky fruit, with a growl of earthy, licorice-tinged tannins that give it length and gravity.