VARIETAL: 100% NEGRETTE
Négrette is a red-wine grape whose origins are clouded by time, but which has been cultivated in the Gaillac region of France since (as Jancis Robinson puts it) time immemorial. It is nowadays cultivated in southwestern France, notably around the town of Fronton, which gives its name to the Fronton appellation. In that region, Négrette must be at least 50% of a grower’s vineyard. The variety is rarely seen outside its AOP, save for some in San Benito County, California (where it was long known as Pinot St George).
TERROIR: In the South-West of France, between the rivers Tarn and Garonne, the Fronton vineyard extends across twenty communes around the old town of Fronton. 37 year-old vines growing on 5 acres at the highest elevation of the vineyards, adjacent to an oak forest on stony soil. Selected parcels of Négrette on the slopes of Fronton
VINIFICATION: The wine does not see any added yeast, filtration, collage, and minimum amounts of oak aging for some cuvees.
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES: "This is an impressive wine—powerful, ripe and packed with black berry fruits and dark tannins. A steely, acid character gives the wine tension as well as structure. The end brings freshness to this solid 100% Négrette wine"
Located in Castelnau d’Estretefonds, in the heart of the Fronton appellation.
The domaine has been owned and operated by Cathy Ribes since 2004 (who also owns Domaine du Roc).
She is constantly replacing and working the vines of varietals native to this area such as Negrette, the most noble of that region.
Cathy is also working on a new cellar half of which is underground, like a cave under a cliff where they store the harvest in tanks directly by gravity.
In 2009, Cathy decided to start the organic conversion of the entire domaine which was certified in 2012. With this in mind, her wines do not see any added yeast, filtration, collage, and minimum amounts of oak aging for some cuvees. Si Noire is the flagship of the property and the result of 37 year-old vines growing on 5 acres at the highest elevation of the vineyards, adjacent to an oak forest on stony soil.