Made in stainless steel, the 2017 La Clape La Brise Marine Blanc is a 70-30 blend of Bourboulenc and Roussanne. It's a clean, medium-bodied wine, redolent of orange zest, pear and melon. Fleshy yet fresh and zesty on the finish, I'd opt for drinking it in the next year or two.
Le Negly is a family domaine, owned since 1992 by Jean Paux-Rosset. With partner Claude Gros and winemaking consultant Didier Lacreu, the team is creating some of the most dramatic wines in the South of France. Their extroverted, flamboyant and in-your-face personalities dictate that these wines will not be for everyone, but one look at back vintages should convince even skeptics that these are special wines that come into their own given enough time. The 2007 La Porte du Ciel is drinking beautifully now, as is the Clos des Truffiers (made in a similar way, by the same team) from the same year. Both should be fine through at least 2025. Yields in 2016 were small even by the estate's standards of 15-20 hectoliters per hectare, as the vintage was even hotter than in 2007, yet because of painstaking work on the sorting table, the wines are fresh, not dried, raisiny or Porty.
27th Apr 2018
236, The Wine Advocate
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