Matthieu Barret – Domaine du Coulet
“Matthieu Barret represents the future in Cornas. His domaine is, in my opinion, the single most exciting new domaine in the appellation today.” High praise from the Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth.
Domaine du Coulet was founded by Matthieu’s grandfather in the 1950s, and over the years has supplied grapes to some of the best known producers in the Northern Rhône, including Chapoutier and Delas. Whilst his father avoided the agricultural lifestyle, opting instead for a career in international business, Matthieu knew early on that he wanted to be a vigneron. In 1998 at the age of only 23, he took over the family’s 10 hectares of well-situated vines on the terraced hillsides of Cornas.
From the beginning, Matthieu has employed natural, organic practices and by 2002 (his second year of production) the domaine received its biodynamic certification. With each vintage, Matthieu has gained a better understanding of his vine parcels and through thoughtful experimentation with various shapes and sizes of aging vessels, he now turns out a remarkable selection of Cornas wines that express the unique nuances of this very special Northern Rhône appellation. No new oak, no racking, minimal use of sulfur and no fining or filtration. Pure, sexy Syrah.