Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Wine of the Week - Domaine Le Roc Fronton ‘Le Classique’

This week's featured wine is a unique bottling from the little-known French appellation of Fronton. Natural winemaker Domine Le Roc brings the Southwest of France to the U.S with their 'Cuvée
Classique.' A Negrette-based blend, this rustic wine is fresh and spicy with dark fruit and herb notes.
A touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah provide structure and length.

Since the Middle Ages, Fronton, just north of Toulouse, has been the home of the Negrette grape variety, which is nearly exclusive to the area. The region encompasses 2,300 hectares of vines dominated by dry heat and rocky soils and the landscape is marked by hills and valleys, ranging from 300 to 600 ft above sea level. It is here that, since 1974, the Ribes family has been dedicated to producing wines with personality and character at Domaine Le Roc. Their insistence on strictly controlled yields, while being careful not to over-extract the fruit, and high vine density planting produces wines that release a wonderful perfume. They produce wine in a traditional, almost old-fashioned way that raises the bar for Fronton wines and deserves recognition.

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