On the 2nd July, Philippe Guigal, Oenologist at his family’s winery, came for a rare visit to the U.K. The purpose of his visit was not only to launch a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Guigal, but also to introduce the latest edition to the Guigal portfolio – the Château de Nalys wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This comes after a 20-year long search by the Guigal’s to find a suitable domain in the region.
Press and trade attended an exclusive dinner at The Dorchester to taste the wines of Guigal and Nalys. Philippe chose Condrieu 2017 as the aperitif, a superb example of the Viognier grape. Guigal are passionate about two grape varieties – Viognier and Syrah, using a higher proportion of both in their Côtes du Rhône blends.
Paired with the starter, there was a flight of Guigal and Nalys wines: Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc 2017, Saintes Pierres de Nalys blanc 2017 and Château de Nalys blanc 2017. Guigal already produce a red Châteauneuf-du-Pape, so it was exciting to taste the new white wine, produced from the grapes of seven growers. The Saintes Pierres de Nalys is the second wine of Nalys, with the Château de Nalys as the Grand Vin.
For the main course we tasted a red flight of Guigal and Nalys wines: Châteauneuf-du-Pape rouge 2015, Saintes Pierres de Nalys rouge 2016 and Château de Nalys rouge 2016.
The evening finished with the exceptional Condrieu “Luminescence” 2015, only produced in 1999, 2003 and 2015. The 2015 vintage is considered by Marcel Guigal, Philippe’s father, who will have vinified 57 vintages this year as one the best vintages he’s ever known in the Northern Rhône!
It was fantastic to have Philippe in London to launch these exceptional wines, and we will keep you updated on future events.
The four wines from Nalys will be available in the U.K. from November.