Christy Canterbury MW

Location: New York, NY

Master of Wine. Wine judge+public speaker. Journalist for Media+SOMM Journal+Civiltà del Bere+others. Short-listed for the 2014 Roederer Online Communicator of the Year Award. Incorrigible traveler!

Negrette - THE Grape of Fronton!

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Domaine le Roc le Roc la Saignée Rosé (2011)
Comments: Cotton candy pink! Overt nose with oodles of fruit. Cherry juice, watermelon and cataloupe jump to the forefront. Behind this youthful facade lie cedar and feral notes. This wine sports generous body for a rosé, which isn’t surprising given its 13.5% alcohol. Nonetheless, there’s solid, underlining acidity that keeps the balance in check. No tannins are noticeable until the finish, when some dryness creeps in. Medium finish. A rosé that demands richly flavored food. 13.5%
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2 Domaine le Roc la Folle Noire d'Ambat (2009)
Comments: Deep red ruby with black cherry color in the core. Damp forest floor, crunchy red fruit and animal pelt spring from the glass. With time in the glass, menthol surfaces. The structure starts and finishes firm due to the bright acidity, but it is relaxed by the soft mid-palate. Between these two opposites are the moderate tannins, which give the wine a mildly grainy texture. 13% abv
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3 Château Plaisance Fronton Classique (2010)
Comments: Scarlet-colored with generous, youthful fruit. The scents are diverse and range from crunchy red cranberry and blueberry to pomegrante and açai. Not only are the aromas agreeable, so is the palate. The mouth-watering acidity, round tannins and light extract make this an easy-drinking wine. Modest finish. 13% abv
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4 Château Bellevue la Forêt Red Blend Fronton Optimum (2009)
Comments: Rich crimson color. Creamy, oaky nose faintly reminiscent of Cocoa Pebbles with whole milk. Though less earthy than the others, yet this bottling still shows a touch of animal fur of Negrette. Very smooth tannins despite the fact 55% of the cuvée is Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The nice acidic tension leads to a medium finish with generous oak notes lingering longest. 14% abv
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5 Château Bouissel Fronton Classique (2009)
Comments: Dark and bordeaux-colored, this wine’s aromas fit my idea of a classic Southwest France wine. Scented with red and black fruits, tree bark, barbeque spice and hung game, the wine displays both ripeness and rusticity. With the first sip, blueberry jam and minerals surface. The palate offers some granular texture along with moderate tannins and supporting acidity. Mid-weight with a fairly brief finish. Decant an hour before drinking. 13.5% abv
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6 Lucien le Moine Vosne Romanée les Suchots Premier Cru (2009)
Comments: Deeply flushed in appearance, the wine presents an overt nose of non-fruit elements: leather, buffalo jerky and North African spices. Cranberries, red cherries, plums and potting soil chime in on the palate. The mouthfeel is soft but balanced with an easy-going juiciness. The excellent balance helps the flavors hold on through a medium-finish. 13% abv
Average price: $348.87 from 18 stores
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