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 that 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, who also was his new boss’ sister (handy) and he decided to come back for the 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 in 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 have changed from their own living room, to more and more comfortable venues.

Since early 2019, Tom’s château 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.

 

2019 Coume de l’Olla Blanc

Soil: Argilo calcaire
Grape: 50% Muscat á Petit Grains 50% Maccabeu
Appellation: IGP Côtes Catalanes
Age of Vines: planted 1939-1959
Yields: 30 hl/h

Vinification: Destemmed and macerated with the skins for 7 days before pressing and ageing in concrete tanks for 6 months


2019 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 6 months.


2019 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.


2019 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 in 1939-1959
Yields: 30 hl/h

Vinification: Whole cluster fermentation in closed tanks to avoid extraction (no need for punch down), pressed after 6 days of maceration and aged in concrete tanks before bottling after 6 months.


2019 Tattouine Rouge

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

Vinification: Whole cluster fermentation in closed tanks to avoid extraction (no need for punch down) pressed after 3 weeks maceration and aged in old 600 liters barrels for 6 months.


 2019 Carner Rouge

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

Vinification: Whole cluster fermentation in closed tanks to avoid extraction (no need for punch down), pressed after 1 months maceration and aged in 1000 liters Amphoras for 6 months.


2019 Brutal Rouge

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

Vinification: Whole cluster fermentation in closed tanks to avoid extraction (no need for punch down) pressed after 3 weeks maceration and aged in old 600 liters barrels for 6 months.


2019 Ace of Spades

Soil: Black marl with volcanic rock (Myrs vineyard)
Grape: 60% Carignan 40% Mourvedre
Appellation: IGP Côtes Catalanes
Age of Vines: planted 1950-1985
Yields: 30 hl/h

Vinification: Whole cluster fermentation in closed tanks to avoid extraction(no need for punch down), pressed after 4 days of maceration and aged in concrete tanks before bottling after 6 months


2019 Mambo Sun

Soil: Black marl
Grape: 70 % Grenache (Noir, Gris, Blanc) 30% Maccabeu
Appellation: IGP Côtes Catalanes
Age of Vines: planted 1940
Yields: 30 hl/h

Vinification: Whole cluster fermentation in closed tanks to avoid extraction (no need for punch down), pressed after 5 days of maceration and aged in concrete tanks before bottling after 6 months