Matthieu Barret is a biodynamic-certified vigneron based in the high hills in Cornas, Northern Rhône. After taking over the family’s vineyard (planted by his Grandfather just after WWII), Matthieu converted to organics (Ecocert-certified) in 2001 and biodynamics (Biodyvin-certified) in 2002. With a goal to make “100% grape wines” Matthieu makes his wines in a sympathetic manner that allows him to express site above all else. The vineyard is based on very steep, very old eroded granite soils on a base of Jurassic limestone and clay marl at an elevation of 350m AMSL. All wines are hand-harvested, destemmed by hand, fermented in concrete eggs and aged in at-least 8-year old oak puncheons. The wines are never filtered or fined nor are they racked (which requires additional sulphur). The Domaine du Coulet label is 100% estate-fruit. Brise Cailloux is a 100% Syrah from degraded granite and clay-silt, matured for 18 months.