2018 Chateau de Mattes Sabran Corbieres La Viala
Located in the heart of Corbières, Mattes-Sabran crafts full-flavored, seductive wines from the garrigue-covered hillsides of France’s Mediterranean coast.
In addition to a noble history stretching back some 1,000 years, Mattes-Sabran epitomizes all we love about the slow pace of life in the sultry south. The main house, once home to dukes, today welcomes international visitors while geese and lazy cats wander. Cicadas buzz in the afternoon heat; a well-worn table welcomes outdoor meals with shared bottles in the shade.
Yet Mattes-Sabran is also about serious terroir and top-notch wines. Many estate vineyards are located on steep hillsides, terraced into the chalky, poor soils. This tough terrain is peppered with galets roulés, the large, oval granite stones typical in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Reds are structured, mineral and richly perfumed; rosés floral and boldly flavored.
WINERY: Château de Mattes-Sabran
WINEMAKERS: Jean-Luc Brouillat
VINEYARDS: Estate vineyards are located up in the hills near the village of Portel des Corbières, on gravel-rich terraces with large quartz stones (seen most often in Châteauneuf-du-Pape), with limestone subsoils.
AGE OF VINES: 30 to 50 years
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Aged in tank.
TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas of blackberry, licorice, Asian five-spice. Flavors of red and black plums; juicy and concentrated. Smooth tannins.
France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Portel des Corbières
60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre
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