Chateau le Roc is one of the leading producers in the Cotes du Frontonnais of southwest France. Situated on the left bank of the river Tarn in Southwest France, the estate has been run by brothers Jean-Luc and Frederic Ribes since 1988. The region is noted for the Negrette grape, in itself unremarkable, but excellent when blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. However, in the case of the remarkable 'Le Roc Ambulle, Vin de Table de France Turbullent' (to give it's correct name), the Negrette is blended with a little Mauzac to produce a delicate, petillant pink sparkler. Grown from biodynamically grown grapes this weighs in at only 9% ABV making it a great party fizz. However, not a lot is made and availability is limited.
A delicate raspberry pink in colour. The bubbles are lively and the aromas discernably sweet - cherries, strawberries and peardrops. On the palate, crisp and refreshing with further delicate red fruit flavours. The finish is short yet clean. This will last for decades we're told, and as it ages it gradually becomes drier and paler in colour. Extraordinary! Try with a beetroot risotto, tuna sashimi with a daikon salad or smoked salmon and avocado terrine.