2009 Domaine du Coulet Cornas Les Terrasses du Serre

Year: 2009
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Red Wine
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"This really stands apart from the crowd, with searingly intense minerality cutting through a massive core of pastis, plum sauce and fig paste. Gorgeous violet and spice notes fill in the background, while charcoal and tar thunder through the finish. Broad in scope, but still has perfect focus. Best from 2013 through 2023. 100 cases imported. " (WS)

Winery Notes:
“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 after WWII, and over the years has supplied grapes to some of the best known producers in the Northern Rhône, including Chapoutier and Delas. While his father eschewed the agrarian 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 25 acres 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, he now turns out a remarkable selection of Cornas wines that express the unique nuances of each micro-terroir. No new oak, no racking, minimal use of sulfur and no fining or filtration. Pure, sexy Syrah.

Vines:Approximately 25 acres of the appellation’s 225 total planted entirely to Syrah. Multiple parcels on Cornas’ mid-slope and hilltops. Biodynamically farmed—certified by ECOCERT and member of BIODYVIN

Wines:Cornas Brise Cailloux: Young vine hillside grapes aged primarily in cement eggs Cornas Les Terrasses du Serre: Blend of three mid-slope parcels with different exposures Cornas Billes Noires (Black Marbles): From 55-year-old vines at the Summit of Arlettes Cornas Gore: Special selection from Coulet’s best micro-terroirs bottled only in magnum

Soil:Decomposed granite gore (small crumbly pebbles composed of granite sand) over base of Jurassic limestone and clay marl.

Harvest:Moderately steep slopes require manual harvest using small bins.

Yields:25 hectoliters/hectare on average—Brise Cailloux averges 35 hl/hectare Miniscule 20 hl/hectare for Billes Noires and Gore cuvées

Vinification & Elevage:100% de-stemming. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Pigéage (punching down) once a day for three weeks. Elevage for three top cuvees takes place in 400 liter neutral barrels (none newer than five-years-old) for a period of 18 months. Brise Cailloux aged in combination of older barrels and cement eggs (600 liters and 1600 liters) Wines are not racked, reducing need for sulfur. No fining or filtration.

Annual Production:15,000 bottles / 1250 cases of Cornas wines combined on average yearly basis Billes Noires and Gore produced only in exceptional vintages.