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Domaine de Nalys History, Overview
Domaine de Nalys takes its name from the original founders of the estate who owned the property in the 1700’s. The domaine was confiscated during the French Revolution, broken into smaller parcels and sold at auction.
In the modern era, Domaine de Nalys came to be known for producing quality wine under the direction of the Dufays family, when it was owned by Dr. Philippe Dufays.
Philippe Dufays improved the domaines wine making practices and increased the size of the de Naly vineyards to almost 80 hectares. Under the direction of Philippe Duffay, Domaine de Nalys became one of the earliest producers in the Southern Rhone Valley to bottle and market their own wine. This began taking place as early as 1955.
After the tragic death of his son at a young age, Philippe Dufays split up the vineyards of Domaine de Nalys. In 1976, he sold 50% of the estate to the Groupma Insurance Company and the rest of the vineyards were sold to different growers and winemakers active in the appellation.
Domaine de Nalys has from time to time produced private label blends to order, which has hurt the brand in the eyes of some consumers. In 2005 and 2006, the estate made a wine for the giant American retailer, Costco, which was sold under the name of The Kirkland Signature Cuvee de Nalys. In 2005 Les Dix Salmees was made for export to the British market.
Domaine de Nalys Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine de Nalys has 50 hectares of vines of which 40 hectares are used to make red Chateauneuf du Pape wine and 10 hectares are reserved for making Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc.
Domaine de Nalys produces 3 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and 1 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc.
The vine are located in the Bois Senechaux, la Crau and le Grand Pierre lieux-dits. The wine is aged in a combination of different tanks, vats and barrels for between 12 to 18 months. Close to 13,000 cases are produced each year.
Domaine de Nalys Cuvee Chataignier is usually a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 15% Syrah. The terroir is sandy soils. The vines re planted in the le Grand Pierre vineyard. The wine is aged for close to 20 months in demi-muids. On average, the production is 400 cases per vintage.
Domaine de Nalys Cuvee Reserve is made from one of the highest percentages of Syrah in Chateauneuf du Pape with a blend made from 70% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 15% Grenache. The wine is aged in demi muids and foudres for 18 months. The debut vintage for the Domaine de Nalys Cuvee Reserve is 2006. Not much of this wine is made as the production is limited to about 175 cases per vintage.
Domaine de Nalys Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is produced from a blend of 54% Grenache Blanc, 19% Clairette, 17% Bourboulenc, 8% Roussanne, 1% Picardan and 1% Picpoul. Close to 3,500 cases are produced each vintage.
When to Drink Domaine de Nalys, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Domaine de Nalys can be enjoyed on the young side. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for about 1 hour, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Domaine de Nalys is usually better with 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 4-14 years after the vintage.
Serving Domaine de Nalys with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Domaine de Nalys is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Domaine de Nalys is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, barbecue, grilled meats and cassoulet. Domaine de Nalys is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, cheese, pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.
The white wine of Domaine de Nalys is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Domaine de Nalys Wine Tasting Notes
13 Vintages 16702 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2015||Domaine de Nalys Reserve (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Dark in color, smoke, incense and spice are the first things that greet you. From there you move to the dark cherry side of life. There is a tannic backbone here, due to the reliance of Syrah that means you will need to age this wine for at least a few years, before the freshness and sweet, red fruits are further developed. Made with a blend of 73% Syrah, 18% Grenache and 9% Mourvedre.
973 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Domaine de Nalys Le Châtaignier (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
The wine opens with a touch of smoke before moving to its spicy, red fruit side. Medium bodied, soft, forward and supple, the fruit is ripe, fresh and clean, leaving you with fresh, juicy kirsch and thyme on your palate. The wine is made from a blend of 91% Grenache, 8% Mourvedre and 1% assorted allowable grape varieties.
977 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Domaine de Nalys (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Fresh, peppery, smoky red fruits with a blast of garrigue to make and keep things interesting. Medium bodied, soft and forward, the cherry filled center of fruit is not hard to find.
1085 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2014||Domaine de Nalys (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, smooth, lighter, refreshing, style of wine with an elegant, sweet, polished core of fresh cherries in the center that is already delicious to drink.
955 Views Tasted Jun 23, 2016
|2013||Domaine de Nalys Le Châtaignier (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, soft, supple textured and a fresh, ripe, sweet, purity of fruit, which leaves with a good impression. Made from a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvedre.
962 Views Tasted Sep 7, 2015
|2013||Domaine de Nalys (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, soft, forward and flavorful, at the center of this wine you'll find tasty, fresh red cherries with an olive accent.
1804 Views Tasted Sep 7, 2015
|2013||Domaine de Nalys Reserve (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Spicy, smoky, earthy, peppery, dark red fruits make up this solid wine. Made with a blend of 73% Syrah, 18% Grenache and 9% Mourvedre.
1058 Views Tasted Sep 7, 2015
|2011||Domaine de Nalys Le Châtaignier (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Better on the garrigue, earth, pepper and red fruit nose than the medium bodied, red berry finish. From a blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre, the wine reached 15% alcohol.
1096 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2014
|2011||Domaine de Nalys (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Earthy dark cherries, polished textures and a spicy, peppery finish.
2009 Views Tasted Aug 19, 2014
|2010||Domaine de Nalys Reserve (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Spicy, soft, open and forward with an array of red and black fruits. This traditional wine has an un-traditional blend as it’s produced with perhaps the highest proportion of Syrah in Chateauneuf du Pape at close to 70% of the blend.
2265 Views Tasted May 31, 2013
|2010||Domaine de Nalys (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Light, polished, spicy, and focused on red cherries with fresh strawberry, this is best enjoyed in its youth.
2252 Views Tasted May 29, 2013
|1979||Domaine de Nalys (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Well past its prime, the wine is tart, overly acidic. Much better on the nose than the palate, there is not much here.
622 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2016
|1978||Domaine de Nalys (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Served double blind, I was blown away to find this wine was almost 40 years of age! Still going strong, the lusty, kirsch, pepper and garrigue on the nose was just as strong as the rich, lusty, spicy, ripe fruits and earth in the finish.
644 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2016