Many moons ago Chef Jamie Kennedy and I met Cornas Winemaker Matthieu Barret at the legendary Return To Terroir Biodynamic tasting, hosted by The Living Vine’s Mark Cuff and featuring the incomparable Nicolas Joly .
Throughout that afternoon both Chef Kennedy and myself took great pleasure in the wines of Domaine du Coulet, and towards the end of a long day of tasting I was approached by Chef and asked what I thought of Matthieu’s bottlings. I replied that I found them to be quite magnificent examples of true Cornas, if a little closed in their relative youth. He was happy that I had given my two ginger thumbs up as he then informed me that he had a ordered a few cases for the Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar.
Now, I didn’t think much more of this interaction until some four months later… when much to my surprise (and secret delight!), some 24 cases of a couple of Domaine du Coulet’s Cornas turned up at the back door of 9 Church Street.
Fast forward some six years, and guess who I bump into somewhere in France?… and he even remembered my name!
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Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And he still remembers the day all that Cornas arrived at Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar.