About the Producer
FAMILY-OWNED WINERY THE HEART OF THE FRONTON AOC
Domaine le Roc is situated between the Garonne and the Tarn at the heart of the Fronton AOC region. They produce wines with a strong character including “Negrette”, the grape variety that has become their emblem. Their philosophy has remained unchanged for more than 30 years. They aim to work intelligently and with respect for living things. They don’t farm under an organic label , but the agriculture is responsible and environmentally friendly. They work respectfully and with sincerity, guided by ‘country’ common sense and the knowledge that the land does not belong to them. Jean Luc Ribes, a self proclaimed “Bluesman” at night and viticulturist by day, is a real pioneer in the way he uses grass. All the vines have been under grass since 1981 and in the winter there are sheep grazing on the land.
Pictured left and right are Gregoire and Anne, the new generation of this family-owned estate who have now taken over the winemaking.
Wine & Food Matching Ideas
Skewered meat & vegetables grilled on the BBQ
Recipe to try
Grilled sausages, herbed chickpea mash
by Nigel Slater
Originally published in The Guardian on 28 July 2019.
A classic local pairing with Négrette is grilled Toulouse sausage, but any thick pork sausage works. The local dish is normally served with cannellini beans, but I think this herby mashed chickpea version is a fun twist for the summer and picks up the smokey/savoury notes in the wine.