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Meet the Winemaker! Nicolas Roumagnac of Domaine Roumagnac, Friday, May 18th

In the shop, 5PM -8PM

Nicolas heads to Fortnight after he pours here, so double your fun, and go there too!

Domaine Roumagnac, Fronton, France

Dating from 1880, Domaine Roumagnac is a domain of 14 ha (hectares), located in the village of Villematier, on the western border of the Fronton appellation, on the Tarn river side. The appellation is located just outside of Toulouse to the northwest and is a slightly inclined series of terraces between the Garonne and Tarn rivers, composed of ice age deposits of alluvial soil. The primary and indigenous grape variety of the region is the fragile Negrette. There are competing theories as to the grape’s history/origin but the “romantic” one is that the grape variety appeared during the 12th century under the name “Mavro” (black in Greek), when it was brought back from Cyprus by the knights of the order of Saint-Jean of Jerusalem. What is true is that Negrette is found rarely outside of Fronton where it thrives in the warm and dry “continental” climate of the area.

Nicolas Roumagnac joined his uncle in 2008 to become the fourth generation to work on the estate. He is the first to sell the domain’s wines in bottle. The estate has soils that cover the three types of alluvial soil generally found in the appellation: boulbenes (compressed sand/clay mixture), rougets (clay soils with deposits of flint, “silex”) and graves (gravel deposits.) The Roumagnac’s grow Negrette 7ha, Syrah 2ha, Cabernet Franc 2ha, Cabernet Sauvignon 1ha and Gamay 2 ha, and have paid great attention to marrying the particular grape type with the optimal soil type. They farm sustainably and are members of “La Charte Qualité”.

Rosé Authentique 2017

Domaine Roumagnac Rosé Authentique is a blend of 50% Négrette, 25% Syrah, 20% Gamay and 5% mix of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc. The Negrette brings its highly aromatic qualities to the wine and its beautiful color while the Syrah, Gamay and Cabernets add complexity and spice to the blend. The grapes are harvested during the night in order to preserve their aromatic freshness after which the wine sees a short maceration in the saignée method. The wine is taken only from the first pressing giving it a purity of expression and a transparent coppery-pink color. The nose is of red berry and citrus fruits (red currants and grapefruit) while the palate is persistent and beautifully balanced.

Rouge “Authentique” 2016

The Rouge “Authentique” is a blend of 50% Negrette, 25% Syrah,   13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc. The varieties   are fermented separately in resin vats with a maceration of   about   two weeks. Press wine from Negrette and Cabernet   Sauvignon   are  added and a first assemblage is made before   winter. After a   natural settling of the wine, a final blend is made in the spring. The wine matures for up to 15 months in fiber vats and is neither filtered nor fined.

Ô Grand R 2015

The Ô Grand R is a cuvée that represents a rich expression of the Roumagnac vineyard. It is produced from the “graviers” soils of the third terrace. It is one of the rare “prestige” cuvées that is not matured in barrels. A breath of fresh air! It is a blend of 50% Negrette, old vines, and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grape varieties are vinified separately in resin tanks with skin maceration lasting two/three weeks. An assemblage is made just after fermentation and the wine is left to mature in vat for 10 months. It is racked a number of times before bottling but left unfiltered and un-fined.

Wine Tasting in the shop Friday, 5-8PM (and one on Saturday too!)

Here’s what we’re tasting Friday:

Oyster River Winegrowers “Morphos” Petillant Naturel 2014, Maine
Oyster River is a nearly 100% self-sustaining farm in Warren, Maine. Brian Smith is the winemaker here, if you can call him a wine “maker”, since his approach is about as hands off as you can get. Fermentation is spontaneous, with native yeast, and lasts a long time in their cold winery; they only heat with wood from their farm, and they keep it chilly! Read more about the farm here. Sparkling wines and ciders here are unsulphured and bottled unfiltered.

Morphos is a natural sparkling wine that is a blend of grapes from the farm in Maine and select vineyards in NY. It’s bottled before fermentation is complete, and since it’s unfiltered, it’s cloudy, yeasty and “full of life”. Did we mention it’s cloudy? Really cloudy. You might want to gently swirl the bottle while you drink to incorporate the sediment–although it’s a pretty tasty experience to just toss back the glassful of hazy goodness too! Morphos has lots of green apple, loads of zesty acidity, and it’s wicked tart. Have it with oysters, of course! And soft cheeses too.

Kosovec Skrlet 2012, Moslavina, Croatia

Skrlet is a local varietal, indigenous to central Croatia, mostly in the wine producing region of Moslavina, where Ivan Kosovec’s small, organically farmed estate is located. Ivan is responsible for bringing attention back to this rare, hard to find grape (there are only 70 acres in the world planted to Skrlet). And apparently Ivan is a total badass. He clearcut the 3.5 hectare forest BY HAND, BY HIMSELF, dug up the earth to make sure the soil was pristine, then worked the winery for 6.5 years without electricity, running it on generators until the country could get him some juice for his juice! So yeah, Skrlet, another way to say labor of love. This is a bracing, refreshing wine, with lots of minerality, flowers, a light touch of honey and citrus on the finish. Fans of dry Riesling and Muscadet will find a lot to love here. Have it with seafood, salads, white meat, and anything in the briny, salty, citrusy family.

Dominique Piron “Coteaux Bourguignons” Gamay, 2013

Dominique Piron is a 14th generation winemaker based primarily out of Morgon, in Beaujolais. Here he brings us a one liter bottle of Gamay from the relatively newly minted “Coteaux Bourguignons” or, hills of Burgundy.

This is one big bottle of bad influence. It’s a floozy and a Lothario, all smooth moves and batting lashes…This is the wine that keeps you up well past your bedtime with its come-hither fruit and silky innuendos. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Schlossmuhlenhoff Dornfelder Trocken 2012, Rheinhessen, Germany

Another liter, this dry German red will slap some sense into you after all your exploits with your fabulous new French friend. Mein Gott im himmel, get a hold of yourself! This wine is solid; it’s hearty but light on its feet, a touch staid and serious, but sweet flowers on the nose woo & entice. It comes through in stand-up fashion on the palate: black currants, dried spices, and a snappy mineral edge…this Dornfelder is cool all the way through.

And Saturday, 3-5PM
Elsa Ladguie, daughter of Fronton producer Philippe Laduguie of Domaine de Saint-Guilhem, will be here to discuss the wines and give us the dirt on these big, rustic, earthy wines, and the cool backstory of how one French transplant to Providence finally got these wines into the states. Do yourself a favor: buy a big steak, or short ribs, and grab a bottle of one of the three wines we’ll have on hand (or one of each!). You won’t be disappointed!