Musings on Wine
Wine Review: 2007 Capitolium - Fronton, France
ORIGIN: Fronton, France
GRAPE(S): Negrette (R), Cabernet Franc (R)
PRICE: $12.40 (store clearance)
SOURCE: L.C.B.O. #200022
TWO WORD NOTE: Roasted fruity
THOUGHTS ON FOOD: A simple, rustic fruity red wine like this is ideal for simple, rustic meat and vegetable dishes, such as roasted lamb or beef, grilled vegetables with olive oil and hard cheese or bean stews with tomatoes.
COMMENTS: A too often overlooked appellation just north of Toulouse in southwestern France, Fronton produces excellent rosé and red wines from the native Negrette variety blended with smaller amounts of Cabernets and Syrah. This is a region to consider if you are looking for good value wines for gulping with friends (or go there for a fantastic spring vacation!). Often it is these obscure regions that offer the best value due to the fact that demand and media attention isn’t there to drive prices up. Although this wine was available only in limited stock at the time of this review, other wines from this region will appear on LCBO shelves from time to time and are worth searching out. Serve this wine lightly chilled to allow the fruit character to shine.