Domaine Matassa

Domaine Matassa, Espira d’Lagly/Calce

This South African guy has done good stuff in Southern France since 1998. 

Tom Lubbe escaped the South African Apartheid regime with his parents as a kid and spent the later part of his childhood in New Zeeland. It was also here he made his first wine.

 After a few years working as a flying winemaker at various fancy estates in both New Zeeland and Australia, he had an urge to try out working with mediterranean varieties and managed to get a 3 months internship with Domaine Gauby in Calce, Roussillon.

As things happened, Tom met Nathalie in Calce, which also was his new bosses sister (handy) and he decided to come back for next season.

At the same time, back in South Africa Tom started up his own vinery, the legendary ‘The Observatory’, situated in Swartland and, what we know of, the only vinery producing natural wines in SA at that time.

 Tom and Nathalie had their first son Jules and Tom decided to focus on his life in France and started up his Domaine Matassa with first vintage made 2003.

Years have passed, many wines has been made (and drunk), vineyards have been purchased bit by bit, and a lot of hard work has been put into soils. Wineries has changed from their own living room, to more and more comfortable venues.

Since early 2019 Tom’s chateau is located in Espira d’Agly, former home of Jolly Ferriol, only 13 kilometers from Calce, where the main part of his vineyards are.

Today he has 20 ha of vineyards in this wild and beautiful corner of France, and we are excited to see what will come out of the new parcels purchased around the new winery.

The wines are vibrant and lively, with depth and transparency.

2018 Cuvée Marguerite

Soil: Schist
Grape: 30% Muscat Petit Grains 30% Muscat d’Alexandria 30% Maccabeu
Appellation: IGP Côtes Catalanes
Age of Vines: + 100 years
Yields: 20 hl/h
Vinification: Fermentation with the skins for 10 days before pressing and ageing in old demi-muid and foudres for 7 months


2018 Cuvée Alexandria

Soil: Schist
Grape: Muscat d’Alexandria
Appellation: IGP Côtes Catalanes
Age of Vines: + 100 years
Yields: 15 hl/h

Vinification: Destemmed and macerated with the skins for 3 weeks in open vats before pressing and ageing in old demi-muid for 7 months


2018 Carner Blanc

Soil: Iron rich lime-clay with round stones
Grape: Maccabeu
Appellation: IGP Côtes Catalanes
Age of Vines: planted 1969
Yields: 20 hl/h

Vinification: Destemmed and macerated with the skins for 3 weeks in open vats before pressing and ageing in 1000 liters amphoras for 7 months.


2018 Brutal Orange

Soil: Red schist
Grape: Maccabeu
Appellation: IGP Côtes Catalanes
Age of Vines: planted 1919-1969
Yields: 25 hl/h
Vinification: Destemmed and macerated with the skins for 3 weeks in open vats before pressing and ageing takes place in old demi-muid  barrels for 7 months.


2018 Coume de l’Olla Rouge

Soil: Argile calcaire
Grape: 60% Grenache Noir 20% Syrah 20% Grenache Gris
Appellation: IGP Côtes Catalanes
Age of Vines: planted 1939-1959
Yields: 30 hl/h

Vinification: Whole cluster fermentation in open tanks with careful punch down by feet, pressed after 6 days of maceration and aged in concrete tanks before bottling after 7 months


2018 Cuvée Romanissa

Soil: Schist
Grape: Grenache Noir (old hairy type called Lladonner Pelut)
Appellation: IGP Côtes Catalanes
Age of Vines: planted 1939
Yields: 15 hl/h

Vinification: Whole cluster fermentation in open vats with careful punch down by feet, pressed after 7 days of maceration and aged in old demi-muid before bottling after 8 months


2018 Matassa Rouge

Soil: Marl
Grape: Carignan Noir
Appellation: IGP Côtes Catalanes
Age of Vines: planted 1900
Yields: 15 hl/h

Vinification: Whole cluster fermentation in open vats with careful punch down by feet for 10 days, then pressed and aged in old foudres for 8 months


2018 Tattouine Rouge

Soil: Red schist
Grape: 90% Grenache Gris 10% Grenache Noir
Appellation: IGP Côtes Catalanes
Age of Vines: planted 1929 and before
Yields: 20 hl/h

Vinification: Whole-cluster fermentation in open vats with careful punch down by feet for 3 weeks, then pressed and aged in old 600 liters barrels for 7 months


 2018 Carner Rouge

Soil: Iron rich lime-clay with round stones
Grape: 60% Grenache Gris 40% Maccabeu
Appellation: IGP Côtes Catalanes
Age of Vines: planted 1909 and before
Yields: 20 hl/h

Vinification: Whole-cluster fermentation in open vats with careful punch down by feet for 1 month, then pressed and aged in 1000 liters Amphoras for 7 months


2018 Brutal Rouge

Soil: Red schist
Grape: 60% Syrah 40% Muscat d’Alexandria
Appellation: IGP Côtes Catalanes
Age of Vines: planted 1929 – 1970
Yields: 20 hl/h

Vinification: Whole-cluster fermentation in open vats with careful punch down by feet for 3 weeks, then pressed and aged in old 600 liters barrels for 7 months