We've tried the wines of Chateau de Negly before (we have the 2004 vintage of their top cuvee in the shop), so when offered these wines several months ago we jumped on them without trying them!
Just yesterday we had the chance to taste them with our whole wine team in the shop. And we are excited to report that they are gorgeous! Truly memorable examples of the finest wines that Languedoc has to offer!
At $20 a bottle, the La Cote offers up rich plush flavors, in a style that is very drinkable right now! And then we have, in very tiny quantities, their top cuvees- more expensive- requiring further aging- but amazingly intense wines!
All of us- Michael, Veronica, Shelby, Kamille, Jonathan and Joan- were blown away! We couldn't be more excited!
When you have a wine team as large as Sunset Corners, there are six of us, you obviously get a diversity of opinions and favorite styles. We like that. It creates layers of complexity that we believe create a more interesting selection of wines. We don't always agree. And our deal is that each of us recommend what 'turns us on' and don't suggest wines that don't. Not surprisingly, as a result clients whom come in the shop tend to ask for help from that person whose taste parallels their own taste. So why do I mention this? All of us flipped over these wines! Don't miss out!
2016 Chateau de la Negly La Cote (Coteaux du Languedoc)
$19.99 a bottle
This vibrant ruby/purple colored effort has tons of cassis and raspberry ganache-like characteristics in a medium to full-bodied, supple, hedonistic style. From flatter parcels near the sea and younger vines, it has terrific purity, fine tannin and will knock your socks off right out of the gate.
2014 Chateau de la Negly la Porte du Ciel (Coteaux du Languedoc)
Wine Advocate: Issue 218
Jeb Dunnuck: (95 - 98) points
Moving to the reds, the 2013 la Porte du Ciel is mind blowing stuff. Made from 100% Syrah and still aging in a combination of wooden tank and demi-muids, it offers up a smorgasbord of cassis, black currants, graphite, saline like minerality and licorice to go with a full-bodied, ultra-pure, layered and silky style on the palate. While it's not for those craving lightweight aromas and flavors, this is still a decidedly elegant version of this cuvee. It should benefit from short term cellaring and have 15-20 years of longevity.
2014 Chateau de la Negly L'Ancely La Clape
(Coteaux du Languedoc)
$79.99 a bottle
Wine Advocate, Issue 224
Jeb Dunnuck: (93 - 95) points
The Mourvèdre-dominated cuvee for the estate is the 2014 L'Ancely Coteaux du Languedoc la Clape. Brought up all in demi-muids, this beauty will certainly be in the top handful of wines in the vintage. Possessing blockbuster-styled notes of cassis, currants, creamy licorice and spiced meat, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, no hard edges, good overall freshness and purity, and a big finish. It will have 10-15 years of longevity.
2013 Chateau de la Negly Clos des Truffiers Clos des Truffieres
(Coteaux du Languedoc)
$149.99 a bottle
Wine Advocate: Issue 219
Jeb Dunnuck : (94-97 points)
The 2013 Clos des Truffiers - which was tasted as a barrel sample - will certainly be one of the wines of the vintage. It lacks the weight of a top vintage and is more reminiscent of the 2002 and 2004, albeit, with more purity and elegance. Giving up lots of cassis, vanilla bean, crushed rock-like minerality and spring flowers in its bouquet, this full-bodied, seamless 2013 has a fresh, lively and impeccably balanced profile on the palate that makes it already hard to resist. The first time this cuvee has been aged in larger, 600-liter barrels, it will need short-term cellaring (and I wouldn't be surprised to see it put on weight after bottling) and will keep for two decades.
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