Wine with enormous storage potential
Domaine Matassa was founded shortly after the turn of the millennium and has already achieved cult status.
But how did it come about in the first place?
In 2002, South African-born Tom Lubbe, together with New Zealand Master of Wine Sam Harrop, bought a vineyard, Clos Matassa, planted with Carignan vines in Calce, Roussillon, the southernmost part of France on the Spanish border, and thus the Matassa winery was founded. In addition to this vineyard, other small lots planted with Carignan were added such as, Clos Matassa at altitudes of 500-600 meters. Just like that, Tim Lubbe and Sam Harrop had saved these old vines from extinction.
In 2003 more premium vineyards were purchased. 50% of these vineyards are located in the Côteaux des Fenouillèdes and the other half, in and around the village of Calce at 150 – 300 m altitude.
Meanwhile, the Matassa domain consists of many small vineyards, in different locations, with a large proportion of old vines planted in granite, limestone and slate soils. The approximately 15 hectares of vineyards are farmed purely biodynamically. Tom Lubbe has decided to bottle all wines as Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes, a protected designation of origin. These wines may only be made from authorized grape varieties and may not be blended with wines from other areas.
Clarity and precision of the wines are underlined by an extraordinary minerality.