Matabu is a relatively new cuvée for Jeff, made from young vines of Cinsault blended with Grenache and Syrah. Maceration is for 3 days, so the goal is clearly to make a graceful and balanced red. Jeff does recommend on the bottle "à boire tranquillement, sinon ça devient vite n'importe quoi," suggesting that we should drink tranquilly, otherwise it can quickly turn into nonsense. Perhaps if we drink it too fast we might end up trying to recreate the scene from the label. We will add a disclaimer: "Do not attempt this at home!"
Matabu is overall a very tasty, light-medium bodied red. To me it's a welcome addition to the Coutelou family of wines, surprising and exciting the palate in a not-so-Languedoc way, but still showing off it's origin with spice and subtle tannins. Jeff's preference for short maceration over pure carbonic still favors a fresh style but preserves the identity of the grapes and the region.
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