2022 Matassa Rouge15068
WINEMAKER: Tom Lubbe
REGION: Côte Catalanes, FR
VARIETY: Carignan, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris
VITICULTURE: Certified Organic/Biodynamic
From a parcel of very old Carignan (planted in 1900) and 25% Grenache Blanc and Gris, planted at 700 metres altitude on marl terraces. A short maceration (4 days) with whole bunches of grapes and indigenous yeasts, followed by a prolonged maturation in demi-muid barrels.
Tom Lubbe is a New Zealander who grew up in South Africa. In the late 90’s, Tom was working at the only estate in South Africa using indigenous yeasts and lower yields. He helped innovate and shape the wine scene in South Africa and forged the space for winemakers like Craig Hawkins (Testalonga) whom spent several vintages working with Tom to flourish.
Interested in working with Mediterranean varietals, Tom managed to score a 3-month internship at the legendary Domaine Gauby in the village of Calce. Gérard Gauby quickly befriended Tom and asked him to come back for three consecutive vintages as cellar helper. During that time, Tom met his wife Nathalie, who just so happens to be Gérard’s sister. The birth of their first child halted Tom’s plan of returning to South Africa, opting instead to stay in Calce and start his own estate.