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Cornas Brise Cailloux Domaine de Coulet 2012

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One Line Description Cornas Brise Cailloux Domaine de Coulet 2012/14, biodynamic wine, famous 'Gore' terroir, 100% old vine Syrah, beautifully elegant Syrah.
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country France French
Region Northern Rhone, France
Producer Matthieu Barret
Vintage 2012
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Syrah
Alcohol 13.5% abv
Terroir Granite soils with sections of clay and silt
Maturation 18 months in 500 litres barrels and egg shaped concrete vats
Annual Production 10 - 20,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 15 years
Production Detail Biodynamic, some very old vines, very low yields, very special terroir, particular attention paid to type of fermentation and maturation vessel according to bio principles
Natural Features Vegan


Cornas Brise Cailloux Domaine de Coulet 2012, biodynamic wine, famous 'Gore' terroir, 100% old vine Syrah, beautifully elegant Syrah. Brise Cailloux (literally break the stones, a reference to the extremely difficult task of planting these vines in the hard granitic soils) is a bottle of Syrah of sublime balance and finesse. With only 25 hectolitre yields from a section of Gore with a higher proportion of sand and silt, this is a very concentrated wine however Mattieu Barret considers this his Cornas for earlier drinking and considers it ready after about 4 years to enjoy fully however stating it will happily age and develop over the next 10 - 15 years. The texture is very smooth and seductive with classic dark fruits and pepper to the fore.

Domaine de Coulet is a wine estate of 16 hectares in Cornas in the northern Rhone valley. Mattieu Barret, (nicknamed 'Le Petit Ours Brun') took over from his father and since then the estate has grown in stature the point of being recognised as one of, if not the leading winery in the appellation. Mattieu's philosophy is simple, to allow his incredible natural terroir to create grapes of such exceptional quality that the wine makes itself virtually without the hand of man. Sounds easy hey? Well if it was, we would all be doing it! The key is family vineyard passed down through the generations which boasts some of the best terroir for Syrah in the world. 'Gore' is decomposed granite and this very poor ground forces the vines very, very deep in search of nutrients and on the way, they pick up the minerals and complexities that only nature can give you and transport them into the grape and then the wine. This is majestic Syrah, the power of the south with the elegance of the north. Yields are very low, as low as 15 hectolitres per hectare and the wine is simply stunning.

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