Indicative blend: Predominantly Negrette with Syrah
Negrette is a black-skinned variety predominantly found in Fronton, south-western France. It is a descendant of Mavro, an ancient variety from Cyprus, and legend has it that the vines were carried back from there to Gaillac by the Knights Templar. Over time, the variety spread to nearby Fronton, which today is its undeniable home.... more
Fronton is an appellation for red and rose wines from specific sites around the town of Fronton, in the Haute-Garonne departement of south-western France. Until 2005, the appellation was named Cotes du Frontonnais.
The defining feature of AOC Fronton wines is the fact that they are made predominantly from the Negrette grape variety, which is almost exclusive to the area. It gives a perfumed character to the wines, which are typically best drunk within a few years of vintage. The wines are sometimes described as having slightly 'foxy' or 'animal' scents, complemented by lighter floral notes such as violets. Neg ... more
The South West (or 'Sud-Ouest') is a relatively large territorial zone of France, incorporating the administrative regions of Aquitaine, Limousin and Midi-Pyrenees. In terms of the French wine map, however, the Sud-Ouest region is a little less clear-cut, as it excludes Bordeaux – a wine region so prolific that it is effect ... more