La Mat, De Bota Nostra
14.5% – Price for bottle
This region is somewhat the wild west of France. Gnarled vines (focus on indigenous drought loving Carignan and Grenache Blanc) are testimony to many hot summers, and concentration may be the word that best describes these wines. Some of the plots are on clay-limestone, others on gneiss. Aged either in old oak barrels or small stainless steel tank. De Bota Nostra wines are a testament to the incredible quality of the grapes when they enter the cellar – wines are always wild fermented, never fined or filtered and Raymond rarely, if ever uses any sulphur. In his words the wines don’t require it. These are wines that though intense and concentrated, retain a distinct balance, screaming of the Roussillon in all its wildness, with its harsh climate that is somehow balanced by its strong Mediterranean and Pyrenean influences.