Domaine des Lampyres 'Luminescence' 2020
Producer: Domaine des Lampyres
Varietal: 60% Muscat à Petits Grains, 40% Muscat d’Alexandrie
Notes: The Muscat à Petits Grains and Muscat d’Alexandrie each underwent a 3-week whole cluster maceration in separate stainless-steel tanks. Each tank was then pressed, the juices blended and returned to stainless-steel tanks to complete fermentation. Only naturally occurring indigenous yeasts are used in the fermentation and the wine completed malolactic fermentation.
Aged 5 months in stainless steel tanks on the fine lees. Prior to bottling a very low dose of sulfur is added to the wine. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Starting in 2008 F.X. began working with different vignerons in the Roussillon. Intrigued by Organic farming and minimal intervention in the cellar, F.X. joined Tom Lubbe at Matassa in 2015. In July of that same year F.X. took over full control of his family’s Domaine and began the conversion to Organic farming. For the next 5 vintages he was Tom’s right hand in the vines and the cellar at Matassa, while also farming 16 hectares of his own vines. F.X. continued to sell the production of the family Domaine to the cooperative. To be full time at Matassa and farm an additional 16 hectares organically, was a monumental task. For over 4 years (5 vintages) F.X. was in the vineyards hours before sunrise using a headlamp to see his work. People would joke that he looked like a lampyre, which is firefly in French. Searching for a name for his new venture, the proverbial light came on! Domaine des Lampyres was born. -Terres Blanches