Fronton is a tiny appellation that sits just northwest of Toulouse, in the southwestern corner of France. The first grapes were planted here over a thousand years ago by the Romans, who established outposts along the river Tarn in their fight against the Gauls. Legend says it was returning knights of the crusades who transplanted mediterranean rootstock after they retreated from Cyprus, giving us what we know today as negrette, the principal grape of Fronton. Nearly half of the appellation is planted to negrette, and AOC rules require that Fronton wines contain at least 50% negrette. Château Laurou has about 45 hectares of vines in the region, and for this bottling they blend 55% negrette with 35% syrah and 10% cabernet franc. This wine sees no oak, and is nicely balanced with classic negrette aromas of liquorice and purple flowers, and satisfying body from the syrah and cab franc. Pair with a rustic bean stew, or herb roasted chicken thighs.