The 2011 Domaine du Coulet Billes Noires is composed of Syrah grapes that grew on "Gore" terraces -damaged granite- in the appellation of Cornas. It displays an almost black-tinted bright and deep red colour with garnet glints. This is a strong and very aromatic wine, with a good expression of its terroir's minerality. On the palate, the very silky and elegant tannic texture bears beautiful freshness on the finish. The old Syrah vines are about 65 years of age and are cultivated in biodynamic viticulture by Matthieu Barret. They received the Ecocert certification.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Even better, the 2011 Cornas Billes Noires, which spends one year in old wood followed by one year in concrete tank, offers blockbuster levels of black raspberry, smoked earth, chocolate, licorice and crushed rock on the nose and palate. Medium to full-bodied, long, elegant and with laser-like focus, it nevertheless does not lack for fruit or texture, and has fine-grained tannin framing the finish beautifully. With a scant 600 cases to go around, there's not much of it, but don't miss a chance to grab a couple of bottles if you can. It too will drink well for 10-15 years.
|Producer/Bottled by||MATTHIEU BARRET 7130 CORNAS FRANCE|
|Vineyard||Cotes du Rhone Septentrionales|