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Domaine du Coulet (Matthieu Barret)

Billes Noires Cornas Syrah 2011

Mason Balistreri
9.2

Syrah seemingly in the zeitgeist right now so I picked up this 2011 Coulet. Wow - it's so different than the Cote Rotie I just had. I know syrah can run the gamut but this is radically different. Biodynamic, low so2, neutral oak & concrete. Not really Vin de Garde; Not really Vin de Soif...

So what then? Certainly intense. Plum & liqueur-like raspberry notes that are both in-your-face "sexy" & "scary" at the same time. Even more prevalent than the fruit are the aromas of menthol, acetate, & iron. Nearly akin to robitussin - & I mean that in the best way possible. It's weirdly delicious & syrah freaks will get it.

Unfortunately, the regular consumer might find it to be too much. The slight volatility is both good & bad. It dials up the fruit's sweetness, giving the wine body & texture. But also amps up the medicinal quality. This is not a wine to guzzle & ignore. Admirably, not subtle.

Coincidentally this wine reminds me Pax - who is getting a lot of attention right now & rightfully so. I have't tried the new 100 point Hillside bottle yet (though I have one ready), but I've always been a huge fan of his wines for a long time. My favorite site he works with is Griffins Lair & I believe I've tasted every vintage of it going back to 2002. Those original vintages are bigger & riper (which I still love & fuck you hipsters for not), but even back then Pax never used superfluous new oak, sulfites, yeasts etc.. Yes, they were broad shouldered wines but they were pure & unmasked - like this Cornas. Some of the early 2000s Griffins Lair had a slight volitility that came across as kirsch sweetness. It's an interesting balance that punctuates the varietal character perfectly - & it demands your attention while doing it.

This Cornas is not some delicate wine that somms gush over; nor is it a slick, parkerized wine without sense of place. It's something else. A wine for the true syrah aficianado. The audience is small but those who can appreciate it, will appreciate it. If you like weirdness, intensity, complexity & the flavors to scream at you from the glass, this is your wine.

#cornas #syrah #coulet #biodynamic #pax #coterotie #rhone #northernrhone #rhonevalley
— a year ago

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Bob McDonald

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@Mason Balistreri Great Note.....and illuminating.

Domaine Alain Voge

Les Chailles Cornas Syrah 2012

Great stuff! Everything I could ask for in a Syrah. #msclassic #syrah #cornas — 4 years ago

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Domaine Auguste Clape

Cornas Syrah 2007

If you're happy and you know it #clape your hands!
2007 August Clape Cornas
A little disappointed here...2007 I think overwhelms the wine with the ripe aspect of the warm vintage growing season. Instead of great it's pretty good. Maybe time will mellow it some into more equalibrium, but really it already seems to be mellowing as the structure is firm, though fine grained. Its like being at a really nice dinner and everything is great except for the one schmuck talking too loud and too much. The aroma is peppery, with currants and cassis, some purple floral notes, and a few hints of charcoal and stones. Pure, deftly balanced and fresh, I think it's just lacking some precision and focus.
#cornas #syrah
— 4 years ago

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John Howard

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Had 08 the other day and really enjoyed it.

Tardieu-Laurent

Coteaux Cornas Syrah 2010

MICHAEL COOPER
9.1

Deep garnet color with pronounced primary aromas of jammy black fruits and violets and strangely enough elderflower, secondary aromas of black truffles and smoke and savoury, meaty tertiary aromas. True #syrah #benchmarkwine long finish #cornas — 2 years ago

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Domaine Vincent Paris

Granit Blanc Vin de Pays de L'Ardèche White Rhone Blend 2014

Very floral, vanilla, pear and lemonheads on the nose. Vanilla, subtle lemon and honey on the tongue. Awesome white! #wine #france #cornas — 3 years ago

Justin Gilman CSW, CSS

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Brilliant #Rhone. Lemony, fine chaulk, delicate natural honey aromas, vanilla. Color is golden with minute meniscus. Fluidity on the palate is great. Acid ramps up. Precision with tropical notes. High delecate pineapple. Clean honeyed vanilla, subtle caramel. Flavor lasts.
9.3

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

Les Grandes Terrasses Cornas Syrah 1996

Maturing well. Dark cherry, fig? And other crushed red fruit. Elegant and long finish. #cornas #jaboulet — 4 years ago

elaine pp

elaine pp

excuse me. was it okay? it seems not that strong enough to live this year.
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You are probably right about the vintage, but good storage conditions probably helped. It was holding up fine.

Tardieu-Laurent

Coteaux Cornas Syrah 2010

MICHAEL COOPER
9.1

blueberries, blackberries and strangely enough passion fruit, and gooseberries. Clearly #cornas #syrah #rhonerangers — 3 years ago

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Domaine Auguste Clape

Cornas Syrah 2007

Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Long finish of bacon and black olives. Paired well with BBQ'd spear ribs various fried ground beef (メンチカツ). #baconfordays #cornas — 3 years ago

Domaine Auguste Clape

Renaissance Cornas Syrah 2007

Charles (Chad) Bucklin
8.9

A big wine with enormous chunky tannins. The nose was very complex with great intensity. The wine is full of all the characteristics you would hope to find in #cornas from #domaineclape A delicious #syrah with tremendous length. #rhonevalley — 3 years ago

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Thierry Allemand

Chaillot Cornas Syrah 2006

MICHAEL COOPER
9.0

I love the nose. Just the right volatile acidity, cracked pepper and mortadella. On the palate, again very bright acidity and red raspberries. Medium finish. For me, my personal opinion, good, but not worth all the hype. #cornas #allemand #syrah #rhone — 4 years ago

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