The 30-hectare Domaine de Majas is located to the west of the Roussillion in the village of Caudies de Fenouilledes and is owned by Agnes et Alain Carrere who employed Lutte Raisonnee ('reasoned agriculture') for many years but in 2007 decided to become fully biodynamic, and to that end employed Domaine Matassa's Tom Lubbe, one of southern France's leading biodynamic wine makers. The vines are planted on clay-limestone soil at an altitude of 350-400 metres above sea level and grapes grown include Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Franc for the reds, and for the whites, Macabeu, Chardonnay and Rolle (aka Vermentino). The grapes are handpicked, very little sulphur is used and only natural yeasts are employed during fermentation. The Cotes de Catalanes rouge is a blend of 50% Carignan and 50% Grenache Rouge from old vines and is unoaked.
A dense ruby-purple in colour. An appealing nose of light spicy garrigue notes, black fruits and a touch of smokiness. On the palate, savoury and smooth with a juicy acidity and finely balanced tannins. The finish is fresh with further spicy notes. Great food wine with oxtail cooked with prunes, lamb with coriander or a piece of mature Brie cheese.