Domaine Roumagnac


17 ha

Dating from 1880, Domaine Roumagnac is a domain of 17 ha (hectares), located in the village of Villematier, on the western border of the Fronton appellation, close to the Tarn river. 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 8ha, 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”.



Rouge “Authentique”


The Rouge “Authentique” makes up the largest part of the domain’s production. It 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.


Rosé Authentique


Domaine Roumagnac Rosé Authentique is a blend of 50% Négrette, 25% Syrah, 20% Gamay and 5% Cabernets. The Negrette brings its highly aromatic qualities to the wine and 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 free-run juice 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.




Ô Grand R

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 few times before bottling but left unfiltered and un-fined.

Old vines + rigorous farming +minimal intervention in the winery = good expression.



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