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MATTHIEU BARRET PETIT OURS BRUN SYRAH 2016

Matthieu Barret came with six generations of winemakers in his family before him. Whilst every single one of them were deft hands, Matthieu wanted to take a biiiit of a different approach when he got in to the game at the start of the millennium. Starting off his journey in Burgundy, there he found a raging passion and obsession for what he saw as the root cause (you're welcome) of great wine, a happy biome.

Promoting the strength of the biodiversity and health of his land was where he first truly applied himself once he joined his grandfather in Cornas, one of the most heralded sites in the Northern Rhone. Once he took over as winemaker the hard work was done, he was able to produce fruit that was of such quality that once it was in the winery it was just able to do its thing under a watchful eye. Steering completely away from any oak, his wines are raised in concrete eggs, a sign of his never ending pursuit of purity and site transparency in his wines.

The Petit Ours Brun is an earlier drinking expression from Matthieu, the fruit coming from vineyards adjacent to his which he works biodynamically and organically, this is a purist introduction to this incredible part of the world and an under-the-microscope look at truly varietal Syrah. And the label is just cute as hell.

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