While Châteauneuf-du-Pape makes the most sought-after reds in the southern Rhône, few know of its gorgeous whites. That's because out of every 16 bottles of Châteauneuf produced, only one is white. These rare wines are famously opulent, and this exclusive release form Domaine de Nalys is particularly special.
Dating back to the 17th century, Domaine de Nalys is a magnificent property with three highly prized vineyards – Nalys, which surrounds the château, La Crau and Le Bois Sénéchal – the last two are among the region’s most celebrated sites. The estate is also unusual because it's one of the few that still grows Châteauneuf's 13 traditional grape varieties, which gives its wines great complexity.
“Domaine de Nalys is excellent … their white has long been considered one of the finest of the appellation.” Top critic (and Châteauneuf-du-Pape enthusiast) Robert Parker is obviously a big fan of this "old, classic estate."
This fine white was crafted from a classic blend of southern Rhône grapes, all hand harvested from the domaine's vineyards. Old-vine Roussanne (60%) and Clairete (27%) make up the majority of the blend, and contribute fruit richness plus oaky hints (one third of the blend is aged in fine barriques). The remaining 13% is made up of Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Picpoul and Picardan from the prestigious La Crau vineyard, which was aged in egg-shaped concrete vats to preserve their fresh character. The final blend is then aged for a further seven months before bottling.
The result is a medium-to-full-bodied beauty bursting with aromas of white flowers and grilled hazelnut. On the palate, you'll enjoy more of the same, plus lemon curd and notes of almond and spice. It will be delicious served with richly sauced white meat dishes.
Just a few cases imported – don't delay.