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2017 Château de la Négly "La Porte du Ciel" La Clape (Previously $110)

SKU #1490839 98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Coming from the La Clape region of the Languedoc, which is just outside the village of Narbone, the 2017 Porte du Ciel is a much more plush, sexy wine than the Clos des Truffiers at this point and offers a heavenly, full-bodied, seamless style that’s impossible to resist. Dense purple-hued, with awesome notes of crème de cassis, green tobacco, iodine, espresso roast, ground pepper, and violets, it has a remarkable sense of purity, flawless balance, low acidity (I suspect the pH here is substantially higher than the Clos de Truffiers), ripe tannins, and a great finish. Despite its opulence and low acidity, it will evolve positively for two decades or more. It is a singular, awesome Syrah! Inner quote mark (6/2020)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Despite a massive list of dessert-sounding descriptors—blackberries, vanilla, baking spices, blueberries, licorice—the 2017 La Clape La Porte du Ciel is a dry, savory wine loaded with character. A big, rich, Syrah-based offering that spent two years in new French oak, it's full-bodied and velvety in texture—and surprisingly easy to drink considering its size and power, finishing with an almost saline note and incredible length. (JC) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A fresh, vivid red from this region with dried-strawberry character, together with other berries, flowers and fresh nuts. Medium body. Fine tannins on the finish. Serious, balanced red. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

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