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Mature and earthy wines from Domaine Matassa


This pair of wines from Domaine Matassa represents the latest in a string of unique wines now available at MacArthur Beverages.  The proprietor of the domaine, Tom Lubbe is a New Zealander who came to the Roussillon by way of South Africa.  He actually worked with Gerard Gauby of Domaine Gauby and in marrying his sister, he established himself in France.  For a detailed background please read Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes from Domaine Matassa.  I first poured the 2009 Domaine Matassa, Blanc, VdP des Cotes Catalanes without regard to the vintage.  The maturity of the wine was immediately obvious which tickled me since this is a current release.  If you like apple-orchards and mature white wine, even Chardonnay based, then you must grab a bottle.  It drinks great right now but there is enough grip, tannins, and acidity that this will last for some time.  while I usually proceed from white to red I normally do not move to a younger vintage.  For me the 2011 Domaine Matassa, El Sarrat, VdP des Cotes Catalanes was all about the earthy, animale aromas and flavors that infused the redder fruit.  It was a bit much for Jenn and I am sure it will for others, but for me it was in balance.  Good stuff!

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2009 Domaine Matassa, Blanc, VdP des Cotes Catalanes – $35
Imported by Louis/Dressner.  This wine is a blend of 70% Grenache Gris and 30% Maccabeu sourced from vines on soils of schists and slate slopes.  The fruit was whole bunch pressed in a wooden basket-press, fermented with indigenous yeasts then aged on the lees for 18 months in barrel.  Alcohol 13%.  The color was a light to medium nut colored straw.  The nose was nutty at first then revealed apple fruit aromas and maturity.  The wine was gently round with almost lifted flavors that became savory and racy.  With air the wine tightened up to show more grip with tannins on the gums and a long aftertaste of white and amber apples.  **** Now-2018.

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2011 Domaine Matassa, El Sarrat, VdP des Cotes Catalanes – $33
Imported by Louis/Dressner.  This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Mourvedre sourced from vines on soils of schists and slate slopes.  The fruit was destemmed, underwent gentle foot-treading, fermented with indigenous yeasts then aged for 14 months in French oak barrels.  Alcohol 13%.  There were generous earthy aromas mixing with red berries and a natural wine hint.  In the mouth were dry, lifted flavors with the acidity on the front of the tongue.  The flavors were certainly earthy and foxy.  The wine cleaned up with air showing red and black fruit with minerals, a drying structure, citrus hints in the finish, good grip, and a long, fresh animale aftertaste.  ***(*) Now-2022?

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