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2007 Château de la Négly - La Porte du Ciel Coteaux du Languedoc (750ml) (750ml)
 

2007 Château de la Négly - La Porte du Ciel Coteaux du Languedoc (750ml)



 

Varietal: Syrah  |   Location: France - Languedoc-Roussillon - Coteaux du Languedoc
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Negly's 2007 Coteaux du Languedoc La Clape La Port du Ciel represents a roughly 300-case lot of pure Syrah. Tasted from barrel (but previously assembled) this displays the essence of ripe black cherry and cassis dusted with black pepper and toasted caraway. Its correspondingly sweet fruit - backed by amazing richness of texture and sheer viscosity - is leavened by an uncanny degree of freshness (in contrast with the more dried fruit character of the 2006) and by a distinctly salty, savory side to the finish that helps alleviate the effects of an eye-popping (but not palate-searing, and that is what matters!) 17% alcohol. This dense, high-test ball of energy may require advanced physics to adequately describe, but not to enjoy it anytime over the next 7-9 years.

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Our friend, Bordeaux negociant Jeff Davies, introduced us to this wine several years ago, and it seems to be getting better and better. We tried this Syrah in September 2011 and couldn't believe how concentrated and incredibly intense it was. Forget the appellation and prepare yourself for an amazing treat! Here's what Robert Parker posted about this wine several months ago...

"While I was in Bordeaux, I tasted the new releases from Négly, the micro-estate in the Languedoc owned by Bordeaux wine broker Jeffrey Davies... the wine is made by Claude Gros, an increasingly influential consultant... I have been purchasing these wines since the debut vintages in the late 90s... it is not a leap of faith to say that they are probably among the finest 4-6 red wines made in the Languedoc... have been itching to taste the 2007s (a great vintage in the southern Rhone and the Languedoc)... and they are finally arriving... expensive they are, but in the pantheon of great wines, the prices are very reasonable... both the Porte de Ciel and Clos des Truffiers are 100% Syrah... I actually thought the Porte de Ciel was close to pure perfection... more developed and less broodingly backward compared to the Clos des Truffiers, the blackberry, lavender, bacon fat, and subtle smoky nuances are intense and enthralling. Both wines are very full-bodied, ...but the primary difference is the Clos des Truffiers needs 4-5 years of cellaring.. the Porte de Ciel will evolve for 20+ years, but it is so gorgeous to drink already... anyhow... I always say as I get older, I like them younger and younger... so many of you may prefer to wait on both of them... they are thrilling wines... real reference points for what the Languedoc is capable of achieving... the 1997s, which I own, are still very young wines..."

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