Matthieu Barret, “Brise Cailloux” 2018, Cornas, Rhône Valley, France
This elegant and modern Syrah from Cornas, Northern Rhône Valley has a silky freshness with notes of juicy, wild dark berry, violet, and herbs.
APPELLATION (AVA): Cornas
REGION: Rhône Valley
SUBREGION: Northern Rhône
GRAPES: 100% Syrah
SOIL: Decomposed granite
PRACTICE: Certified organic and biodynamic
VINIFICATION: Hand-harvested and sorted, 21 days of maceration in concrete eggs, racked and pressed to 50% concrete & 50% used oak, malolactic, 12 months aging, additional 12 months in concrete, unfined.
COLOR: Medium Purple
BODY: Medium to Full (7-8)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Spices, crushed stone, black raspberry, currant
FLAVOR: Blackberry, violet, lavender, raw meat, blueberry, rich & velvety texture evolving into a silky, elegant, pepper-tinged lingering finish
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION:
Pair with a special dinner that may include game or darker meats and exotic spices.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Matthieu Barret was born in Aix-en-Provence in 1975 and studied viticulture in Beaune. He is the 7th generation vigneron, joining his grandfather in Cornas in 1997.
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
Brise Cailloux is coming from 50 micro parcels. This is the largest cuvée of 7ha represented of 11ha of Cornas in total. There is no mechanical processing, everything is done by hand or with horsepower. Vines were planted in the mid-1970s.