13 Dec Champagne & Chateauneuf Tasting
Saturday, December 15
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
Recently the Guigal family (one of the Rhone valley’s top producers) has begun producing their first ever Domaine (estate fruit) wine in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region. We’re going to pull the corks on these rare gems for you this Saturday from noon until four. We’re also including some of our FAVORITE Champagne, because everyone needs to drink more Champagne!
NV Hure Freres “L’Invitation” Brut, Champagne AOP
On Sale $39.99
The ripe pear and white cherry fruit is fresh and juicy in this well-cut Champagne, carried on the fine mousse alongside subtle notes of lemon pound cake, graphite, salted almond and ground ginger.
91 Points, The Wine Spectator
NV Moutarde “Grande Cuvée” Brut, Champagne AOP
On Sale $31.99
The richness and creaminess of Aube Pinot Noir comes through loud and clear in the NV Brut Grande Cuvée. Wonderfully intense on the palate, yet also translucent, the Grande Cuvée offers a highly appealing array of varietal Pinot fruit and aromatics with more finesse than is often found in Champagne’s Aube district. Disgorged May 2017. Dosage is 10 grams per liter.
90 points, Antonio Galloni
“The big news in the Southern Rhône was the purchasing of Domaine de Nalys by the Northern Rhône powerhouse, Domaine Guigal. Domaine de Nalys is a large estate that includes a number of terrific terroirs, and with the attention to detail and the focus on quality brought to the table by Marcel and Philippe Guigal, you should expect the quality to only improve going forward.”
“The Saintes Pierres de Nalys bottlings represent a second wine, offering immediate drinkability and less concentration than the Grand Vin. While Nalys is a historic property, Philippe Guigal rightly points out that it was considered an underachiever. Attracted by the potential, says Guigal, “We didn’t buy a name, a brand, we bought property. We have all 13 varieties planted on three different terroirs.”
The Wine Advocate
2016 Chateau de Nalys “Saintes Pierres de Nalys,” Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc AOP
On Sale $49.99
The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is a mix of permitted varieties (mostly Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Clairette) that offers outstanding notes of apple blossom, citrus rind and a salty/mineral note that develops with time in the glass. Medium-bodied, clean, crisp and beautifully delineated, drink it over the coming 2-3 years.
91 points, Jeb Dunnuck
2016 Chateau de Nalys “Saintes Pierres de Nalys,” Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP
On Sale $49.99
The “second wine” of Nalys, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Saintes Pierres is a blend of 69% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 4% Muscardin, and 1% each Counoise and Mourvèdre. It was put together by the Guigal team, although the vinifications took place prior to the acquisition. It’s an attractive, full-bodied wine that delivers ripe cherries, a hint of stone fruit and very supple tannins. It’s a bit too easy to think it will be a long-term cellar candidate, but it’s a ripe, juicy mouthful of fruit to drink over the next 6-7 years.
92 points, The Wine Advocate
2016 Chateau de Nalys “Grand Vin,” Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP
On Sale $87.99
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.
95 points, The Wine Advocate