STRAIGHT UP FIRE.
100% de-stemming. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Pigéage (punching down) once a day for three weeks. Elevage for three top cuvees takes place in 400 liter neutral barrels (none newer than five-years-old) for a period of 18 months. Brise Cailloux aged in combination of older barrels and cement eggs (600 liters and 1600 liters) Wines are not racked, reducing need for sulfur. No fining or filtration.
In Beaune, Matthieu Barret discovered immediately his proclivity with organic viticulture and with living ecosystems. Beginning with the first vintage in 2000, Matthieu worked principally in the vineyard, applying his hand with organic viticulture. Not content with his end result, in 2006 he decided to radically change his vinification process by using less barrels and replacing them with concrete eggs. His ongoing evolution and pursuit of purity and expression continue to dominate his chais.
In 2012, he stopped using machines in Cornas and replaced them with mules, horses, and manual labor. He also started to create ‘green spaces’ around the farm, digging watering holes to nourish an ecosystem with a diversity of species. _ie: vines and the forest, meadows and woodlands._
According to Matthieu, the plant is happier in a wild environment rather than in a desert comprised of only vines. This diversity brings a distinct identity to his grapes; when the vineyard biome is treated with respect, he says, this balance is easier to maintain.
Matthieu owns 11 ha in Cornas with of the total 150 ha in the AOP, including his monopole ‘_Vallée du Coulet’ _in the northern most part of Cornas, most famous for its impossible steep grade and its exposure to _Le Mistral._ _Le Mistral_ is a famous current of wind that blows from Lyon and ends in Provence. It’s a maddening wind, that keeps this vineyard spectacularly dry even in times of rain.