2016 NEGLY "LA FALAISE" LANGUEDOC-LA CLAPE ROUGE, FRANCE. 65% Syrah, 35% Grenache. (Organic)

94 points Wine Advocate: "A tour de force in wine that should be snatched up by readers, the 2015 Languedoc-La Clape la Falaise (55% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre) sports a deep, inky color to go with a killer bouquet of ripe black currants, licorice, salty seawater and peppered meats. Big, rich, full-bodied and downright decade, it needs to be tasted to be believed. I haven't had any aged examples of this cuvee as a reference point, but I'm sure it will keep beautifully for at least 6-7 years." (2015 vintage) (JD, 04/2017)

About: Chateau de la Negly farms 50ha of estate vines that are situated in the Languedoc village of Fleury, 20km from Narbonne, in the heart of the La Clape AOP. During the Gallo-Roman era, the hills of La Clape were an island in the Mediterranean until the Aude River reconnected it to the mainland with substantial alluvial deposits. The unique soils of this AOP are a mixture of sandy loam and decomposing sandstone that is silty and rough with rocks and clay. The estate's close proximity to the water makes for a longer growing season with larger diurnal temperature shifts than vineyards further inland. This, coupled with the effects of the Tramontane wind, strong and dry from the North, allows Chateau de la Negly to make extremely rich and powerful wines that maintain great freshness and elegance. Records show that this property existed as far back as 178 AD under the name Nerly. The Chateau was built in the 18th century and was originally named d'Anceley, until 1807 when it became Negly. A number of families have owned this historic estate over the centuries but it wasn't until the arrival of Jean Paux-Rosset, who purchased Negly in 1992, that the wines produced from these old traditional vineyards began their elevation to premier level status. Today, wines from Chateau de la Negly are held as benchmarks of the Languedoc's potential, achieved by replanting of vineyards, organic farming practices and a strict attention to cleanliness and quality control. (Winery)
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