Gourt de Matens is the Rasteau appellations biggest name. A family property for many generations, this 15-hectare domain is now run by Jérôme Bressy (since 1996), and is split into various parcels on slopes, terrasses, and foothills. The vineyard has been grown organically since 1989 and biodynamically since 2008. Grown here are some regional classics like Grenache, Vieux Carignan, Mourvèdre and Syrah, as well as some older grape varieties from the Rhône valley like Counoise, Vaccarèse, Terret, Cinsault, Picpoul and Picardent. Work in the vineyards is demanding here with very low yields of around 10_12 hl per hectare. The vinifications are low-intervention and the process is never set in stone, with methods varying depending on the vintage. No additives are used apart from a very small amount of sulphur after fermentation. Finally, the maturation is very long, 2 years for the whites and 3 for the reds, carried out in demi-muids and concrete vats, followed by further ageing after bottling. The wines from this domain are sublime and distinguished by their finesse and their remarkable tannins. They have wonderful maturity and great cellaring potential. One of the iDealwine team’s favourites!
About the cuvée
A gem from one of our recent tastings, according to the domain, this cuvée gives a ‘timeless vision of terroir’. 16 vintages of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are thus blended following the complex, traditional Solera method used for sherry production. The result is a wine of startling freshness, vibrancy and complexity. Our advice? Don’t drink as cool as you would other champagnes, so as to fully enjoy its aromatic richness.
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