Wine of the Week | Domaine de Nalys Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc | October 11, 2017

DOMAINE DE NALYS, Rhone Valley 2014 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc $54.99 (6 btls/cs) As the crisp fall weather blows in we can transition to luxurious sweaters and more serious (less crisp) whites. When you hear Chateauneuf-du-Pape you might think of the region’s famously spicy reds, but at Domaine de Nalys it’s the whites that shine. Of the eight Crus in the southern Rhone Valley, Chateauneuf is undoubtedly the most revered (it was the first AOC to be created in 1936). The appellation permits thirteen grape varieties, all of which are grown at Nalys. Of these, Grenache — whether red or white — generally dominates the blend. Nalys was one of the first wineries in the Rhone valley, dating back to the early 17th century. Today the estate includes 50 hectares of dry-farmed vineyards that go untreated unless absolutely necessary. The fruit for this expansive, flavourful white is handpicked and sorted before being whole-bunch pressed. The juice does not go through malolactic fermentation (the grape varieties and climate provide enough richess here) and only a portion of the wine is vinified and aged in barrel before blending. This one has curves in all the right places. 63% Grenache Blanc, 18% Roussanne, 15% Clairette with small portions of Bourboulenc and Picpoul. 90 Points, Josh Reynolds Pale gold. Vibrant, mineral-laced tangerine and pear aromas are complemented by honey and ginger nuances. Tightly wound orchard and pit fruit flavors unfurl slowly with air, picking up a citrus zest character and a hint of succulent herbs. Leaves behind nervy mineral and citrus zest notes on a long, focused finish. 15 cases available To Place Your Order: Call Michelle Desroches directly at (416) 779 4101 or Via Email: MichelleD@lifford.com