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Matassa Vin de France Coume de l’olla 2018


Synopsis, Our Opinion: An atypical Vin de France red blend.

Producer/Winery: Tom Lubbe; Domaine Matassa; Calce, France.

Grape Variety: Blend – Grenache, Grenache Gris and Macabeo.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Vin de France; Languedoc-Roussillon, France.

Vintage: 2018

Price: $14.40 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Chicken stir fry.

Tasting:

    Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, light ruby color with a lighter red rim. Strong and bold aromas of damp earth and wet wood with a background of cherry, raspberry and rosemary. Tart and zippy mouthfeel that really gave it vitality, light to medium body and a 100-grit texture. Somewhat subdued sour cherry, current and tart quince flavors. Overflowing with bright acidity, soft, but slightly grippy tannins and a medium length sour cherry finish. No sleeping violet here. This was a vivacious acidic and sour red wine. We thought it started with a dramatic bouquet, but it didn’t follow through with equivalent flavors and in the end we called it an atypical Vin de France red blend.

Tom Lubbe in his Domaine Matassa cellar
Photo from Dana Frank, Louis/Dressner.

Comments: See our reviews of other Domaine Matassa wines.

Alcohol Content: 12%

Closure: Aluminium covered 50mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

Imported by: Louis/Dressner Selections; New York, New York.