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Staff Pick

Côtes Catalanes "Cuvée Romanissa," Matassa - 2013

Item # 26208 750mL
$28.96/ Single Bottle
$347.52 $312.77/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Lively red berried fruit leans on a savory character and stunning acidity. Pure and elegant, it reminds one of a poulsard from the Jura region without the oxidative character. This wine is simply fresh and juicy, a pleasure to drink. Made with whole cluster maceration for ultimate freshness. The Grenache vines have adapted a flexibility to endure the fierce winds that whip through the region.


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Staff Pick Notes

Because they share grape varieties, Roussillon is often linked with its more celebrated neighbor Languedoc. It's a shame because I think Roussillon produces some of the most exciting reds from the whole lower third of France. Matassa is one of the producers showing off what the region is capable of. This wine is all elegance. At first leathery and rustic with black olive, it opens up with a swirl of fruit perfume followed by a spicy finish like fresh ground coriander. The body is downright juicy, appearing as transparent as Burgundy with intriguing minerality and acidity. With qualities like these, the pairing options are broad, but I recommend it with a roast duck from Chinatown.

- TT

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Grenache

The Grenache grape (a.k.a. Grenache Noir) produces relatively pale, fruity red wines that often stop just short of sweetness. Grenache is familiar to most wine drinkers as an ingredient in the blends of the Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon, where it can add charm to varieties that are a little rougher around the edges. The distinguished Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas appellations are both...

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Carignan

Grown all over Europe and the Americas, Carignan (a.k.a. Carignane, Carignano, and Cariñena) is seldom seen as a 100% varietal wine. Many appellations of Languedoc-Roussillon must include a certain percentage of Carignan, but it is rarely the dominant grape in these blends. For years, this naturally high-yielding grape suffered from overproduction, but New World winemakers have lately taken up...

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