Domaine du Coulet Cornas Billes Noires 2019
Domaine du Coulet Cornas Billes Noires
Region: Cornas, Northern Rhône, France
Bottle size: 75cl
Notes: Vegetarian, vegan, practising organic
The ‘Billes Noires’ is an intense wine with aromas of eucalyptus, blackberry, olives and subtle spice from the time in oak. These notes linger on the palate and are supported by a deep freshness and mouth-watering minerality.
Domaine du Coulet has 11.1 hectares in Cornas. The vines are planted on steep south and south-east-facing terraces at the north of the appellation, which are carved into the granite rock of Cornas. The ‘Billes Noires’ is made using fruit from small plots situated on the top of slopes; some facing south and east but also some small plots facing north. They are on average 40 to 100 years old and were certified organic in 2001 and biodynamic in 2002. Since 2012, Matthieu replaced vineyard machinery with mules, horses and manual labour and started to create green spaces around the vineyards to encourage a healthy environment for wildlife.
A seventh-generation vigneron, Matthieu Barret studied viticulture in Beaune and joined his grandfather in Cornas in 1997. After inheriting a parcel of vines from his grandfather, who used to sell grapes to the local co-operative, Matthieu built up his own domaine in Cornas. He immediately started working the vines organically and produced his first vintage in 2000.