Tasted from barrel, the 2019 Coteaux Du Languedoc La Clape Porte Du Ciel is all destemmed Syrah from the incredibly beautiful La Clape AOC located just outside of Narbonne, in the Languedoc. Brought up in new barrels, its dense purple color is followed by a gorgeous nose of blackberries, cured meats, bacon fat, iodine, and scorched earth. The purity is spot on and the wine is full-bodied, with a deep, layered mid-palate, flawless balance, and a great, great finish. It has a slightly fresher style yet is still very much in the style of the estate, and this pure, balanced, gorgeous wine reminds me of the 2018 (and a little of the 2016). As always, it's a singular Syrah. It's going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and have 20-25 years of overall longevity.
From a two-hectare parcel of Syrah, aged in a combination of Darnajou barriques (two-thirds) and Taransaud pièces (one-third), the 2019 La Clape La Porte du Ciel isn't quite as seamless at this young stage as some other vintages have been, but it retains enormous appeal. Ripe cherries and blueberries mingle on the nose, while the full-bodied, creamy-textured palate is backed by a backbone of prominent acidity and another structural component akin to brine. It's long and supple on the finish, where it picks up hints of cocoa and gentle spice notes.
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By now, we assume you savvy folks are already dropping a few of these beauties in your baskets, but just in case you DON’T know the Château la Négly wines — brace yourself! Everything they do is stunning, but this, the top cuvee, from old vines on their prized estate vineyard, is something next-level. 100% syrah, fully-destemmed, matured in new French oak...like Hermitage took a vacation along the Mediterranean coast to soak up a bit of sunshine. Inky, full-bodied, gorgeously fresh, and loaded with black and blue fruits, smoked meat and bacon fat, white flowers, and a long and elegant finish.
The Château was built in the 18th century and was originally named d'Anceley; in 1807 the name changed to Negly. Many 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. Superstar winemaker Claude Gros guides the ship on these beauties and they are frankly the penultimate standard bearer for quality in the Languedoc. Jeb Dunnuck knows what a talent he is describing him as, "one of the most talented, yet least known top consultants in the wine world today."
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About the Producer
The Chateau de la Negly is located in the Languedoc, overlooking the Mediterranean, in the exceptional terroir of La Clape. They original Negly vineyard spanned 123 acres on clay limestone soils which gives Negly its signature palate impact and broad shoulders. In 2006 they acquired the neighboring 62 acres on alluvial sand and sandstone soils which was replanted and now is farmed sustainably and by hand. Consultant Claude Gros has further refined the work in the cellar it's not a mystery why La Negly is the top of the class in Southern France.