Introducing ... Domaine du Coulet, Matthieu Barret and Château Arnauld
We are delighted to have added three new French producers to our portfolio this autumn. Domaine du Coulet, situated in Cornas, was set up by Matthieu Barret in 2000, after he inherited a parcel of vines from his grandfather. A champion of biodynamics from day one, all of the vineyards have been certified organic since 2001 and biodynamic since 2002.
The ‘Billes Noires’ is made from a selection of fruit from Matthieu’s highest vineyards, which are drier and more exposed to wind. This is an intense wine with flavours of black olive, ripe red fruits and fragrant Provençal herbs, coupled with refreshing and lifted acidity on the palate.
The ‘Brise Cailloux’ is aged for 14 months, mainly in 20 hectolitre diamond-shaped, concrete vats with a small amount in six hectolitre amphorae. It has an expressive nose of bold red fruits coupled with fresh cherry and blackberry fruit on the palate, structured tannins and a long mineral finish.
Matthieu Barret also works with trusted growers who share similar viticultural and winemaking principles to produce a range of négociant wines from the Northern and Southern Rhône. From this range, we have added the ‘Petit Ours’ Côtes-du-Rhône. In keeping with Matthieu’s philosophy, the fruit for this wine is sourced from vineyards which are all farmed organically and worked using biodynamic methods.
From Bordeaux we have added Château Arnauld which lies just between Margaux and Moulis. A Cru Bourgeois, Château Arnauld owns 17.2 hectares of vineyards which have an average age of 40 years and are farmed sustainably. Their low-yielding vines sit on a deep, well-draining, gravel outcrop on the edge of the Gironde estuary, and produce intensely flavoured fruit. The 2014 Haut-Médoc is a strikingly good wine, showing yet again that this property consistently outperforms its classification.