2018, the first vintage of Mataburro, a lesson of intuition, of trust, and of all-around great timing.
When harvesting together with Alain Castex in 2017, Laurent Roger mentioned to me the idea of taking over his father’s vines in Rivesaltes. He didn’t yet seem quite convinced and we laughed, looking up at Le Canigou, thinking what a dream that was. How to say no to a perfectly imperfect 2ha parcel of old vines in the heart of the Roussillon. Grenache, planted in the ’70s by his grandfather, and Merlot, planted in the ’90s by his father when Bordeaux varieties were the rage. Access to a soupçon of muscat from a neighbor, and half of a small cellar that is shared with a friend in the center of town. Mataburro edition 2018. He clearly said yes.
Just a year and a bit later, we found ourselves to tasting through his very first vintage in Alain’s cellar on a cold January day. Just bottled, the aromatics of the wine were somewhat muted and the fruit was quiet ... however fresh and balanced, I could tell that there was so much life and energy bottled up and waiting to shine... They arrived this summer in Montreal and have quickly become a coup de cœur at Alma. Catalan sun-kissed fruit, sweet spices, blood-orange laced acidity, just enough complexity to evoke thoughts and questions, just simple enough that the bottle disappears before you know it. We can’t get enough. They and are now starting to hit the wine lists of a few friends sprinkled around the city... Keep your eyes out, they are gold...and there is so much more to come from this project!