Matthieu Barret, a seventh-generation vigneron, is dedicated to the art of winemaking through biodynamic viticulture, yielding remarkably low quantities of grapes for unparalleled quality. His commitment results in an authentic representation of the Rhône region. Barret’s wines, proudly described as “100% grape” with minimal sulfite addition, epitomize cleanliness and remain faithful to the distinctive character of Cornas.
With each vintage, Matthieu gains a better understanding of his vine parcels and through thoughtful experimentation, he turns out a remarkable selection of Cornas wines that express the unique nuances of each micro-terroir. No new oak, no racking, minimal use of sulfur and no fining or filtration.
Pre-order from this delicious collection of organic and biodynamic wines that will lead you to experience the rugged and enchanted Rhône Valley through the virtuous lens of Matthieu Barret.
|Matthieu Barret Petit Ours Brun 2022|
|$33.95 per bottle ($407.40/case)|
|Shipping will begin end of November.
100% Syrah from clay and limestone soils. Expect fresh dark berries with hints of black pepper, lavender and smoky tones on the nose. On the palate it’s vibrant, tight, refreshing and with gripping tannins.
|Matthieu Barret Black Flag IGP Ardèche 2022|
|$42.95 per bottle ($257.70/case)|
Shipping will begin mid December.
Black Flag is made from Syrah grown in the terroirs of Ardèche. It is aged for 12 months in concrete eggs and used oak barrels, with a final ageing of a year in concrete tanks. This is a very fresh Syrah with a silky and delicate texture. The nose has notes of liquorice, violet, black olive tapenade, cured meats and pink peppercorn, wrapped around a core of dark fruit. On the palate is savoury, medium-bodied, and absolutely delicious. A very clean, fresh and lively Northern Rhône.
|Domaine du Coulet Matthieu Barret ‘Brise Cailloux’ AOC Cornas 2021|
|$94.95 per bottle ($569.70/case)|
|Shipping will begin mid December.
The selection of Syrah for this wine came from old and young vines located throughout the estate with the exception of the Coteaux peaks and foothills. The purity of the fruit is due in part to its 18 months of maturation, which combined the use of oval-shaped concrete fermenters and 500-litre barrels.
This is a Cornas that delivers admirably following a decanting. The mouth is superb, lusty and gentle with notes of blackberry, violet, lavender, raw meat and blueberry. Definitely accessible, but with obvious cellaring potential, this is a wine to watch keenly.
Our Upcoming LCBO December Cellar Features
New LCBO Vintages Releases
From icons crafted in top regions to eclectic little gems, LCBO Vintages offers an ever-changing assortment of limited-quantity fine wines.
Available this Saturday November 18th!
Iona Sophie te’Blanche Sauvignon Blanc 2022
$18.95 per bottle
“This is a fine, fleshy if lower key sauvignon with aromas of gooseberry, greengage plum, grapefruit and some fresh herbs. It is quite firm, lively and dry with a sense of minerality. The length is very good to excellent. Just fine at the price and holding to South Africa’s value band.”
Score – 89. (Wine Align, January 2023)
Sister’s Run Old Testament Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
$17.95 per bottle
The Old Testament vineyard is located in the heart of Coonawarra, which is Australia’s most famous Cabernet Sauvignon region. Its red iron-oxide terra rossa soils place it among the most distinct terroirs in the wine world. This 2021 has intense black fruit, spice and chocolate notes and shows Coonawarra’s renowned richness, elegance and complexity. It will drink into the early 2030s.
Paradiso Darione Primitivo 2020
$24.95 per bottle
“100% Primitivo. Minty aromas with herbal touches, showing aromas of fresh and dried black fruits, with vanilla hints. Juicy texture, rich.”
Score – 91. (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2022)
Château Maucamps 2006
$37.95 per bottle
“Lovely, mature [left] bank Bordeaux here, straight from the textbook with its gravelly, graphite, black fruit, tobacco leaf, and cassis aromas/flavours, as complex and inviting as many more expensive cru classés. The palate has been polished down to shiny-silky texture with acids firmly in place – this 2006 vintage has turned out to be a delight for fans of the classic style, more elegant and refined than blockbuster vintages, and all the better for it. Stately and aristocratic, and an amazing value for mature, ready-to-drink, quality Bordeaux. Continue to hold another half dozen years if desired, though I find it’s at or near peak.”
Score – 94. (John Szabo, MS, Wine Align, March 2021)
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