2011 Chateau De La Negly La Brise Marine Blanc
citrus, mineral, spice, honey, peach, apricot, floral, banana, herbal tea , wild flower , almond , apple , pear and crisp acid
citrus, mineral, spice, honey, peach, apricot, floral, banana, herb , tea , wild flower and apple
"Stunningly pure and fresh Southern French white blend of Bourboulenc and Roussanne. The nose is incredibly aromatic, with notes of white peach, Meyer lemon, chamomile, almond, and saline. The vineyard's location is close to the Mediterranean and its influence is apparent on the wine, keeping this medium bodied, elegant, and with refreshing, saline-like minerality. Pair this with chicken and seafood dishes." -Wine Library
"Blend of 70% Bourboulenc and 30% Roussanne. Old vine Bourboulenc and Roussanne (40-50 years for Bourbelenc and 25-30 years for the Roussanne) are deeply-chilled overnight in one of the estate's several chambers, the free-run juice from its pressing being repeatedly settled for three or four days before cooling is lifted and fermentation allowed to commence." -Importer
"Chateau de la Negly farms 50ha of estate vines that are situated in the Languedoc village of Fleury, 20km from Narbonne, in the heart of the La Clape AOP. During the Gallo-Roman era, the hills of La Clape were an island in the Mediterranean until the Aude River reconnected it to the mainland with substantial alluvial deposits. The unique soils of this AOP are a mixture of sandy loam and decomposing sandstone that is silty and rough with rocks and clay. The estate's close proximity to the water makes for a longer growing season with larger diurnal temperature shifts than vineyards further inland. This, coupled with the effects of the Tramontane wind, strong and dry from the North, allows Chateau de la Negly to make extremely rich and powerful wines that maintain great freshness and elegance."
"Records show that this property existed as far back as 178AD under the name Nerly. The Chateau was built in the 18th century and was originally named d'Anceley; in 1807 the name changed to Negly. Many families have owned this historic estate over the centuries but it wasn't until the arrival of Jean Paux-Rosset, who purchased Negly in 1992, that the wines produced from these old traditional vineyards began their elevation to premier level status."
"Today, wines from Chateau de la Negly are held as benchmarks of the Languedoc's potential, achieved through a series of replanting of vineyards, more organic farming practices and a strict attention to cleanliness and quality control. Every bunch of grapes is handpicked and placed into small 8kg crates. If they are de-stemmed, as they are for all the top wines, the grapes travel slowly along a conveyor table where 12 people remove everything but the perfectly ripe and intact berries. Whites are allowed to chill in a cold room for up to 4 days before pressing." -Importer