Domaine Matassa is situated in the Pyrénée -Orientales region of Roussillon in southern France and has been run by New Zealander Tom Lubbe since its inception in 2003. There are 12 hectares of vines growing on granitic soil located around the village of Calce and everything is carried out strictly according to biodynamic principles. The farm chooses to focus on local indigenous grape varieties including Grenache Gris, Maccabeu, Lladonner Pelut (aka Grenache) and Carignan and elevage takes place in a mix of 500 litre and 228 litre oak barrels, of which only a third are new. This particular Cotes Catalanes red is 100% Carignan from 113 year old vines and spends 20 months in oak. A supple and elegant wine, only 7'000 bottles were made, therefore availability is necessarily limited.
A clear dark ruby in the glass. Aromas of rose petal, black cherry and mulberry. On the palate, mouth-filling and lively with minerally dark fruit notes. Spicy and slightly smoky, the finish is lingering. Great with lamb tagine, oxtail with prunes or a chunk of Beaufort cheese.