Matassa Romanissa Casot 2017

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A surprising wine and we savored every sip.
Producer/Winery: Tom Lubbe; Domaine Matassa; Calce, France.

Grape Variety: Blend – Garnacha and Cariñena.

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

Vintage: 2017

Price: $33.30 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

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

Paired With: Chicken curry.


    Chilled before drinking. Clear, light strawberry color that looked like a rose in the glass. Very strong barnyard aroma along with whiffs of cherry, cranberry and ephemeral floral. Smooth, bitter and bold mouthfeel, light to medium body and a 200-grit texture. Very prominent cherry, cranberry, strawberry and dried herb flavors. Well integrated bright acidity, smooth tannins that show their grip in the long fruity and mouth puckering finish. WOW, WOW an unusual wine. How do you get the strong aromatics and flavors into such a pale colored wine and then awaken tannins that start so silky smooth? It was so light it had the appearance of a Rose or pale Pinot Noir, but it jumped to life quickly and was crisp, refreshing and flavorful the minute it hit the tongue. It was a surprising wine and we savored every sip.

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

Alcohol Content: 11.5%

Closure: Aluminium covered 50mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: Not available.

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