2014 Cornas, Billes Noires, Domaine du Coulet, Rhône

2014 Cornas, Billes Noires, Domaine du Coulet, Rhône

Product: 20148062174
2014 Cornas, Billes Noires, Domaine du Coulet, Rhône

Description

Domaine du Coulet is at the forefront of the contemporary style of Cornas; less dense, less extracted, more vibrant and more drinkable. This is from 55 year old vines grown biodynamically on granite. There are no winemaking additions, and natural yeasts are used. It's aged for 12 months in old 500l barrels, then a further 12 months in concrete eggs. It has meat jus and roasting pan scrapings on the nose - really meaty and wild. The full-bodied palate is peppery and herbal, with a kind of vibrant savouriness alongside good, fresh acidity and fine tannins. Gorgeously drinkable.

Drink 2017-2023

Decanter (Nov 2017)

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Decanter96/100
Jancis Robinson16.5/20
Decanter96/100
Domaine du Coulet is at the forefront of the contemporary style of Cornas; less dense, less extracted, more vibrant and more drinkable. This is from 55 year old vines grown biodynamically on granite. There are no winemaking additions, and natural yeasts are used. It's aged for 12 months in old 500l barrels, then a further 12 months in concrete eggs. It has meat jus and roasting pan scrapings on the nose - really meaty and wild. The full-bodied palate is peppery and herbal, with a kind of vibrant savouriness alongside good, fresh acidity and fine tannins. Gorgeously drinkable.

Drink 2017-2023

Decanter (Nov 2017) Read more
Jancis Robinson16.5/20
Fruit is a little more expressive than in the Brise Cailloux. Already silky even though there's some grip on the finish. Elegant within a firm dry style. Persistent, too.

Drink 2015-2022

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Domaine du Coulet

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Syrah/Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz

A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

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