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Matthieu Barret, Syrah, Cornas "Brise Cailloux" Northern Rhône, France 2020

Matthieu Barret, Syrah, Cornas "Brise Cailloux" Northern Rhône, France 2020

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"Brise Cailloux" comes from 50 micro parcels. This is the largest cuvee (7 ha over 11 ha of Cornas in total). There is no mechanical processing, everything is done by hand and with horsepower.

100% Syrah hand harvested from decomposed granite soil. The wine is aged for the first year in 50% used oak barrel and 50% concrete eggs, then moved to concrete eggs, then moved to concrete eggs for the second year.

The Matthieu Barret wines are considered to be some of the most coveted, yet accessible natural wines in France. A 7th generation vigneron, Matthieu Barret’s grandfather founded Domaine du Coulet after WWII, farming and selling grapes to some of the best-known producers in the Northern Rhône, including Chapoutier and Delas. In 1998, at the age of only 23, Matthieu took over the family’s 25 acres of vines in Cornas.

Matthieu has always felt the vine is happier in a wild environment — he created ‘green spaces’ around the farm, digging watering holes to nourish a diverse ecosystem of vines, forest, meadow, and woodland. In a pursuit of purity and expression, Matthieu radically changed his vinification process by utilizing concrete eggs rather than oak.

The Matthieu Barret wines are from leased organic and biodynamic vineyards in the Rhône, and through thoughtful experimentation, the wines express the unique nuances of each micro-terroir, and the purpose of the winemaker. The joyful wines embody the spirit of the Little Bear, or Petit Ours, the affectionate nickname of Matthieu Barret.

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