2012 Domaine du Coulet Cornas 'Billes Noires'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $78.94 (reg. $89.94)
"They are classic, gorgeous wines that left me wondering where I could buy some." - Jeb Dunnuck
The Northern Rhone has no shortage of claimants to the title of world’s greatest Syrah growing appellation, with St Joseph, Cote-Rotie, and Hermitage all frequently vying for the spot. In Cornas however, we have the sort of underdog region that is nurturing the most exciting new generation of winemakers, like Matthieu Barret of Domaine du Coulet. Helping to redefine Cornas, Barret is bringing the old-school to the 21st century, producing wines "that will be loved by traditionalist (or anyone who loves great wine for that matter)," per the Wine Advocate, such as the 2012 'Billes Noires', "an incredible effort."
Showing an “awesome bouquet of cassis, bacon fat, olive, peppered meat and iron” (WA96pts), the ‘Billes Noires’ is the flagship of the estate and highlights Barret’s philosophy, to update the rustic winemaking techniques of Cornas while honoring the traditional style. Jeb Dunnuck has praised the wines for being “as classic as they come” and Wine Spectator declared Domaine du Coulet “the new paradigm for minerally Northern Rhône Syrah.”
Barret only recently began his journey, creating the domain from an assortment of vines that belonged to his family and previously went only to négociants. Consequently, this is a superb value for the level of quality. Production levels are extremely low and we've only got a few cases on hand, so contact us today to secure this Syrah from the Northern Rhone’s most exciting new producer. Cheers!