As I have a quiet day today, here is my first contribution to the HHB Blog, drank last night…
Falaise 2006, Chateau de la Negly
This cuvee from Ch. De la Negly is a fairly typical Languedoc blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre. In the glass the wine is saturated black, almost opaque in appearance. The nose is powerful and really pure, revealing mixed berry fruit, red cherry, black olive tapenade and a background of cloves and spice. On the palate the wine is full bodied, soft and voluptuous with a velvety texture and absolutely no aggression. The characters found on the nose follow through on the palate with masses of ripe fruit, violets, raspberries and blackcurrant and a creamy, Vimto type character. The finish is warm and generous with a hint of spice and seamless, almost unnoticeable tannins. The alcohol is very high at 15% but with the masses of concentrated fruit and great overall structure it is not too overwhelming and remains balanced. This is a very individual, expressive wine which is so soft and fruit driven you could enjoy on its own or it will pair well with rich, powerfully flavoured foods and bizarrely goes well with dark chocolate.