Another Bigtime Rhone Value – 2011 Chateau de la Negly $16.95

October 27, 2014 Uncategorized  No comments

NeglyHere’s another killer value from the up-and-coming Languedoc appellation in France’s southern Rhone Valley.  I drank this last week with friends at Chicago’s Bite Cafe and it was a big hit at the table.  It’s a deeply concentrated blend of 50% Carignan, 20% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, which in addition to the concentration, features complex dark berry flavors and great length.

In addition to the complex flavors, this wine features a complex name: Chateau de la Negly Coteaux du Languedoc la Clape Cuvee de la Cot.  As I’ve said before, France, and especially Rhone, needs to take care of their naming conventions and they would sell tons more wine.  This one’s naming convention is the name of the winery (Chateau de la Negly) the name of the appellation or location (Coteaux du Languedoc) and then the name of the specific wine (la Clape Cuvee de la Cot).  Get past the name and give it a try!  It pairs perfectly with braised beef short rib which I was happy to see on the menu at Bite.  Remember when trendy restaurant menus were 90% short rib?  What happened to the glorious short rib?

Buy Here:  Chateau de la Negly Coteaux du Languedoc la Clape Cuvee de la Cot $16.95

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