Chateau de la Negly La Cote, Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape 2017
20% Grenache, 30% old vine Cagignan, 15% Syrah and 35% Mouvedre
Acclaimed by Robert Parker as perhaps 'the Languedoc-Roussillon's finest estate', Chateau Negly in La Clape on the shores of the Mediterranean produces world class wines with a cult following in France. Situated in the village of Fleury d'Aude, in the region known as La Clape, Château de la Négly has 25 ha. under vine overlooking the Mediterranean, quite near Narbonne. Owner Jean Paux-Rosset and his talented consultant oenologist Claude Gros produce sublime, natural, unmanipulated wines from low yielding, super-ripe, hand-picked fruit. La Cote is matured 70% in wooden vats and 30% in concrete cuves with micro-oxygenation.
Dark ruby red in colour, this is an opulent, smooth, well-balanced wine with notes of cassis, voilet, licquorice and black pepper. Fantastic with steak.