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2018 Domaine des Mathouans ‘MacAline’ Macabeu: Languedoc-Roussillon, France

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Tasting Notes

A beautiful and delicious white wine that is 100% Macabeu. A brilliant bouquet and palate full of fresh citrus fruits, pineapple, acacia flowers and slight honey notes finishing with an impressive amount of minerality. This wine is weighty and light on its feet all at the same time.

Winery Details

The Domaine de Mathouans is a small winery in the South of France, in the heart of the Roussillon region. Aline Hock, the winemaker behind it, took over the terroir with some 100-year-old vines and turned the 12-hectare land fully bio-dynamic. Crazy floral notes characterize her quite distinctive wines made from indigenous grape varieties.

Originally from Belgium, Aline Hock has turned back time in Latour de France with Domaine des Mathouans. Employing a return to basics approach in both the vineyards and the cellar, Aline farms her old vine vineyards (some parcels are pushing 100 years old) by strict biodynamic principals, ploughing only by horse, using herbal teas, green fertilizers, and allowing sheep to graze among the vines to promote biodiversity. The wines are intended to be pure and preferably mono-varietal (Macabeu, Muscat, Grenache, Lledoner Pelut, Carignan, etc.) to let them draw their typicality on their respective terroirs (Gneiss, schist, black marls, etc.). With this in mind Aline aims to highlight the geological richness of the Agly Valley and its indigenous grape varieties.

In the cellar everything is done with the respect of the grape in mind. All grapes are hand harvested and manually sorted, crushed by foot and fermented with native yeast. The wines are aged in only neutral oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered with only a small amount of Sulphur employed at bottling.

Aline believes that Natural Wines are the result of a philosophical choice aimed at rediscovering the natural expression of the terroir and for her this can be summed up with one simple phrase: “Sensations, intuition and influences of the moon, in place of the technology…”

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Domaine des Mathouans

Grape(s): 100% Macabeu

Style: White, dry

Origin: Vin de France, Roussillon, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Vinification: Organic and biodynamic farming practices. The grapes are hand harvested and manually sorted, direct pressed whole cluster and fermented with native yeast. Natural malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged in neutral oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered. No SO2 added.

Aging: Aged for 8 months in neutral French oak barrels.

% ABV: 13.5%