Here he is at last: Tom. So the real, true Tom Lubbe from New Zealand, who makes the iconic Matassa wines in the south of France. And has been making them for over 20 years. Always with a "low-intervention" attitude and with even more manual labor. In old vineyards with often mixed grape varieties cultivation. Tom settled in the south of France because he likes it warm and produces his favorite wines in this climate. We love that, because the wines are unique. Light reds and dark whites - just classic Matassa.
Roussillon stretches from Montpellier west to the Spanish border. Here it's hot, dry and the vineyards build up like an amphiteater from the sea to the north and west. The area is not quite so typically French. The winemakers dare to break out of conventions, find new ways and innovations, often convincing with fancy label designs and marketing tricks. So not quite so old (wine) school. There's a lot of Grenache Noir/Blanc & Gris, Mourvèdre, Carignan here. Tom Lubbe of Matassa also likes to play around with Muscat d'Alexandrie, Viognier or Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains. But his style is more down-to-earth, to let the vines do the talking.