2017 Château de la Negly "La Falaise" La Clape Rouge

SKU #1390419 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The brilliant 2017 Coteaux Du Languedoc La Clape Falaise checks in as 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, and 20% Mourvèdre that was all destemmed and aged 16 months in a mix of foudre and demi-muids. It’s a ripe, sexy, full-bodied beauty that’s loaded with notions of blueberries, raspberries, violets, ground pepper, and graphite-like aromas and flavors. Lovers of powerful, character-filled, balanced wines will love this. Drink it any time over the coming 7-8 years.  (8/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A solid introduction to the Negly lineup, the 2017 La Clape la Falaise is a full-bodied but admirably focused wine, with robust black cherry and plum flavors complemented by bright acids and a gentle touch of oak. It's 40% Syrah (aged in 300-liter barrels) and the rest equal proportions of Grenache and Mourvèdre (aged in tank). The tannins are ripe and plush, giving this wine a broad, supple feel in the mouth, yet the wine lingers elegantly on the finish. (JC)  (5/2019)

K&L Notes

Chateau de la Negly represents the pinnacle of production in the La Clape region of Languedoc. Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate writes that the wines of Chateau de la Negly "are hard to find in the marketplace, but they're singular, world class efforts worth the extra effort to track down." We were excited when this producer approached us to begin a direct relationship with them. The "La Falaise" is the flagship wine that this winery built its reputation on. It represents the classic qualities of the "La Clape" appellation with its blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Vinified in a mix of wood tanks and concrete it is loaded with aromas of raspberry, blackberry, Provencal herbs and olive tapenade. It has sweet fruit on the palate and a long supple finish. Don't miss what has become one of the new benchmarks of this region. (Keith Mabry, K&L Wine Merchants)

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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2019 | Send Email
Intense, round and glorious, this a wine with pow! factor. It is brimming with lusty dark fruit, a hint of cocoa, herbs and a spicy jolt on the mid-palate. It's large and in charge but it retains the ability to be elegant and it will get along with many dishes on the table, especially the heartier, wholesome kind. Here in So Cal we are nowhere near the season of warm, comforting stick- to- your- ribs meals, but there is no reason why we can't start planning ahead. This is begging for a date with braised short ribs, or even better, cassoulet.

By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2019 | Send Email
I am not afraid of big wines! As one of my co-workers often says, "Illya likes fruit bombs." I do, but it must have balance. The "La Falaise" has that and more. Cocoa nibs, plums, and violets are the first things that greeted me. The palate is rich, supple and velvety, but with a great balance of acidity. It's the acid that keeps it from going into that one-note category of over-priced cult wines. Fantastic spice that lingers with every drop; and it finishes with integrated tannins of leather and earth. I will be sitting on my deck at night enjoying this and wondering why I can't see any stars. But, then I look down at my glass and the star was here along.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2019 | Send Email
Few, if any, wineries have done more to raise the qualitative bar of the Languedoc than Chateau de la Negly. I first tasted these wines in the early 2000s. An importer presented me with a lineup of the wines including the now legendary (grand cru quality) “La Porte du Ciel” and “Clos des Truffieres”. I was simply stunned and taken aback as I had never tasted such monumental wines from this sleepy backwater of France. Two decades later and Negly is firmly the benchmark producer in the region. While both the La Porte du Ciel and Clos des Truffieres are in that $100 price range the smart money rests with the La Falaise bottling. This is succulent and juicy wine that provides immense pleasure to drink while reminding you that it comes from the highest established pedigree in the region.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2019 | Send Email
One of our best "Get's" in the last few years was our direct import relationships with Chateau de la Negly. Under the stewardship of the Paux-Rosset family and with consulting winemaker Claude Gros, Negly is the benchmark producer in the Languedoc. Their Clos de la Truffiere and Porte du Ciel wines have been ranked as two of the best and most consistent top reviewed wines in the whole south, often garnering 99 and 100 point reviews. The La Falaise is really the workhorse though. Using draconian selection and low yields, you can reach towards perfection at the top-end of your production but the true measure of a quality estate is how you do your "regular" cuvee. The La Falaise has never disappointed. Saturated with red fruit, the flavors of raspberry coulis, violets and minerality leap from the glass! Given its concentration, this is surprisingly elegant on the palate, showing harmonious tannin integration. It is sexy elegant however with its lush and long finish. I have been stressing for years the quality of this producer and year after year, they continue to exceed my expectations. Grab a few bottles for the cellar too, this is a wine that will over-deliver for years to come.

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