Louis Dressner Selections - Wine Importer
Côtes Catalanes Vin De France from Domaine Matassa.
Tom Lubbe. Photo by Dana Frank.


How does a New Zealander who grew up in South Africa end up starting an iconoclastic estate in the Roussillon? This isn't exactly an everyday occurrence, but so it goes for Tom Lubbe of Domaine Matassa. In the late 90's, Tom was working at the only estate in South Africa using indigenous yeasts and lower yields. Interested in working with Mediterranean varietals, Tom managed to score a three 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.


This interview with Tom Lubbe stems from a series of emails in September 2010.


This visit with Tom Lubbe took place in July, 2012.

Words by Jules Dressner, photos by Maya Pedersen.


IGT des Côtes Catalanes "Matassa Blanc":
Soil: Schist or slate slopes surrounded by garrigue
Grapes: Grenache Gris 70% & Maccabeu 30%.
Yields: 18 hl/ha
Vinification: Whole bunch pressed in wooden basket-press.Fermented with indigenous yeasts in barrel (228l and 500l)and age d on lees for 18 months. No battonage. Wine is filtered lightly but not fined.