Matassa | Tom Lubbe

'There is a tendency in the natural wine world to downplay the role of the human making the wine. Which is wrong, I think. Just because we don’t use additives, or much machinery, doesn’t mean that we don’t impact on the grapes.'

Roussillon, France

Region

Organic (Certified)

Farming

20 hectares

Size

After working with the only estate in South Africa (Welgemeend) that championed indigenous yeasts and lower yields in the late ’90s, Tom came to Roussillon and interned at Domaine Gauby for several years to explore Mediterranean varieties and climate. During this time, Tom met his wife, who just so happens to be Gauby’s sister and together they started Matassa in 2003. Fast forward today, Tom and Nathalie farm 20 hectares of different white & red varieties (Macabeu, Grenache Gris, Muscat d’Alexandrie, Muscat à petits grains, Carignan, Lledoner Pelut, Mourvèdre and Grenache) divided in various vineyards around the village of Calce and Espira-de-l’Agly where they now have settled with their estate.

Most of the vineyards are 60-120 years old, co- planted with different varieties on schist & marl and yielding extremely low quantities. An additional 2 hectares of Carignan laying on granitic soil can be found in the cooler, high- altitude vineyards in Fenouillèdes. All the vineyards are worked naturally without any chemical aid; some biodynamic and plant preparations are used to activate and nourish the soil’s life. Whites are whole bunch basket pressed, and reds are whole-bunch fermented with one pigéage in the beginning to get the juice out and the spontaneous fermentation started. They are usually pressed off half-way through fermentation and the sugar fermentation is finished in old demi- muid as well as large Austrian barrels where they also go through malolactic fermentation.

It would be a shame not to mention Tom's incredible mentorship over the years that has paved the way for many well-known and highly regarded vignerons today - among them (and to name a few) Craig Hawkins, Jurgen Gouws, Stefanie Renner.

Tattouine Rouge 2019
Matassa
Tattouine Rouge 2019
£46.00
Blossom 2022
Matassa
Blossom 2022
£39.00
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Orange Brutal 2022
Matassa
Orange Brutal 2022
£46.00
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Brutal 2022
Matassa
Brutal 2022
£42.00
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Olla Rouge 2022
Matassa
Olla Rouge 2022
£34.00
El Carner 2019
Matassa
El Carner 2019
£39.00
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Matassa Rouge 2018
Matassa
Matassa Rouge 2018
£51.00
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French Disko 2022
Matassa
French Disko 2022
£62.00
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Marguerite 2022
Matassa
Marguerite 2022
£42.00
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Ace of Spades 2021
Matassa
Ace of Spades 2021
£38.00
El Carner 2022
Matassa
El Carner 2022
£49.00
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Alexandria 2022
Matassa
Alexandria 2022
£46.00
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Matassa Rouge 2022
Matassa
Matassa Rouge 2022
£53.00
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Matassa Blanc 2022
Matassa
Matassa Blanc 2022
£53.00
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Matassa Blanc 2019
Matassa
Matassa Blanc 2019
£46.00
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Olla Blanc 2022
Matassa
Olla Blanc 2022
£34.00
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Romanissa 2018
Matassa
Romanissa 2018
£39.00
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Olla Blanc 2021 MAG
Matassa
Olla Blanc 2021 MAG
£62.00
Ace of Spades 2019
Matassa
Ace of Spades 2019
£35.00