De Negoce Wines, founded by Cameron Hughes, is a notable wine brand that utilizes the negociant model to offer high-quality wines at affordable prices. He sources exceptional 'lots' of wine from prestigious vineyards and wineries from around the world.
Because he buys these wines in bulk, he can price them with deep discounts. Because of contractual reasons, he cannot disclose the specific source but can name the varietal, region, and retail price at the winery.
Lot 352 2021 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignonis stunning value and a compelling wine.
Lot 352 hails from a no-expense-spared, estate-produced bottling that retails for around $50CAD/bottle. The producer's 2019 and 2020 vintage bottling's have 93- to-95-point scores from James Halliday, Sam Kim (Wine Orbit) and WinePilot. While both 2019 and 2020 were solid vintages, they simply don't compare to the stellar, picture-perfect 2021 vintage.
Opaque in the glass but not quite squid ink - just a little garnet around the rim. Already showing beautifully with just six-weeks in the bottle with a ripe, gorgeously fragrant bouquet of cassis, dark plum and menthol/bay leaf opening further to reveal ripe cherry, blackberry jam and crushed red rock aromas anchored with chocolate and toasty brown sugar notes. Concentrated, expressive and perfectly-weighted on the palate with a supple-yet-powerful entry leading to a succulent mid-palate where the fantastic complexity of the vintage is in full effect.
Here gobs of blackcurrant, ripe blackberry, dark plum, dark chocolate, leather and cedar are perfectly arrayed over silky, nuanced tannins seamlessly woven throughout. Delectable and well-structured at the same time with deftly-deployed oak carrying it all to a fabulously long and sumptuous finish.