2014 Le Roc "La Folle Noire d'Ambat" Fronton

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The Côtes du Frontonnais winemaking region is located on the left bank of the Tarn River about 20 miles north of Toulouse. The area is generally flat, with occasional hills that create small slopes. The subsoil is composed of ice age deposits, topped by alluvial soil and rouget, a material very rich in iron that evokes parallels to the character of the wines. The typical climate of the region is similar to that of Bordeaux: warm and dry in the summer, and mild and wet in the winter. The grape that sets Fronton apart from other winemaking regions in France is its principal cultivar, Negrette. Importer Charles Neal states: "This is vigneron Fredo Ribes rendition of the varietal, which resembles Syrah with its dark berry and violet aromas and flavors. We call this one of the true French country wines, with its forward flavors, slight rusticity (in a good way, or course) and its ability to pair wonderfully with simple country cooking that has a little bit of fat around the edges."

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2016 | Send Email
This is what I dream of in a table wine! Light and affable at 13% abv, this wine is a cuvée of Negrette, a lesser-known grape particular to this small corner of France, the Fronton. I was stunned by the bouquet — floral notes with a stone-fruit quality that eventually manifests (this is a red wine, mind you). On the palate, bright red-berry fruit with a great acidic edge, and a drinkability that would accompany a hearty meal very well! Makes for a very fun and interesting addition to your middle-of-the-week wine options!

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Alcohol Content (%): 13