2018 E Guigal “Saintes Pierres De Nalys” Chateauneuf du Pape
Philippe Guigal’s talent in the southern Rhone region is on display in this wine. The terroir of Chateau de Nalys is claimed to be four centuries old dating back to the original founders in the 1700’s. There are nearly 100 acres of vineyards dedicated to red varietals. The wine has a dominant amount of Grenache (60%) along with 30% Syrah in this first vintage where Philippe Guigal maintained total control from start to finish. On opening, this grand vin reveals aromas of fresh baking spices and delicate rose petals. This finesse-driven wine offers up crème de cassis, baked cherry puree, sweet cedar and a dusting of cinnamon. These components will lead to a plush and lengthy mouth-feel. The acidity is persistent and well integrated while the tannins remain silky, round and finely grained.
By W Peter Hoyne