2017 Château de la Negly "La Côte" Languedoc Rouge SKU #1367476

Price: $13.99

RP 91-93 JD 90-92
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K&L Notes

The Paux-Rosset family are the current stewards of this historic property, raising the level of quality to new heights. With consulting winemaker Claude Gros helping to oversee the production and Bastien Paux-Rosset overseeing viticulture, they have pushed Negly forward as one of the top producers in the whole of Languedoc. Low yields, strict selection and quality terroir of sandstone and clay-limestone yield pristine grapes that deliver some of the most exciting wines to be found in the south of France. The La Côte is a blend of 30% Carignan, 30% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre aged in a mix of cement and wood tanks. The wine is deeply colored, with gorgeous cassis, pepper and licorice notes.

Staff Reviews

  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    A heavy hitter that regularly garners plenty of attention in the press, this entry-level bottling from Chateau de la Negly is chock-full of ripe blue skinned fruits, with the right amount of balance coming in the form of tannin structure and non-fruit notes to keep things interesting and food friendly.
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    I'd argue that the Chateau de la Negly is the seminal wine producer in the Languedoc. I was first introduced to their wines back in the early 2000s when I had the opportunity to taste their flagship wines, La Porte du Ciel and Le Clos des Truffiers. These two wines heralded the arrival of world class wine from the Languedoc. Both have a history of scoring 95-100 points! The La Cote bottling carries the rigor and the pedigree of its more expensive bigger siblings but for a wallet-friendly $15. The wine is dense purple in hue with a mélange of blueberry and baking spice on the nose. I love what this wine offers in terms of complexity and flat-out deliciousness!
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Chateau de la Negly is now established as one of Languedoc's most prestigious and noteworthy producers. From the top down, each cuvee is artfully made and ranks as some of the best, if not THE BEST, in class for the appellation and their various price categories. There are few that can achieve the cost to quality ratio so firmly established by this estate. The La Cote represents the value wine from the winery's portfolio and is a blend of Carignan, Syrah, Grenache and a little bit of Mourvedre. The palate is deep with boysenberry and raspberry notes. Baking spices and a saturated mouthfilling texture round out the wine. Sweet and supple tannins deliver a long lingering finish. This is simply a sumptuous red that delivers so well beyond its price point. Don't miss out!
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    Showcasing dark, rich purple fruit, this wine is an easy crowd-pleasing choice at a great price point. Fans of the softer, suppler style will love this one and the nice lift on the back palate keeps it from entering overly-ripe territory. This is going to be one that takes off fast with our customers and is a great red choice heading into cooler weather.
  • Abraham Ortega
    By: Abraham Ortega
    K&L Staff Member
    The Negly is beautifully balanced between sweet and savory notes with a super fine tannin structure. 2017 was a warm vintage and the resulting tannins are ripe and very easy drinking. It's a great combination of unctuous dark red and purple fruits and just touches of herbal complexity. This is a perfect wine for drinking now, bringing to a friends house, or opening when that surprise guest comes over. Crowd pleasing and sophisticated, but it fits right into the casual drinking budget.


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