JOE CZERWINSKI - 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.
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.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Reductive, stinky, earthy, leathery, rather gritty texture, drying and a bit short on fruit. Charred oak. Full-bodied, very firm and oaky and a little tough. Needs ages