In a nutshell: A sumptuous and generous southern French whte blend from near Narbonne in the Languedoc.
The lowdown: This small estate near Narbonne has, over the years, been quietly building up quite a name for their ripe and silky wines. This stylish white is a blend of around two thirds Bourboulenc with some Roussanne a little Marsanne. While the Bourboulenc is fermented and aged on its lees in stainless steel, the Roussanne and Marsanne are vinifed in barrel. The result is a wine with lots of ripe mango, peach and pineapple flavours and aromas with a touch of citrus and a saline minerality. It's very elegant yet quite powerful and clean with a long vibrant finish.
When to drink: The generosity of flavour and minerality make it suitable for pretty much anything. In particular it pairs well with seafood.
Situated in the village of Fleury dAude, in the region known as La Clape, Château de la Négly has 25 hectares under vine overlooking the Mediterranean, near Narbonne. Owner Jean Paux-Rosset and his talented consultant oenologist Claude Gros produce sublime, natural, unmanipulated wines from low yielding, super-ripe, hand-picked fruit.