From vines planted in the 1950s.
Very little clay before hitting granite motherrock.
Practicing organic. Works the soils
Fermented in staninless steel tank. 25% whole cluster, no punch downs.
Aged in barrel, 20% of which are new.
Curtat searches for tension and fruit density more than power and extraction. Nomade is a fresh and pure Saint Joseph for those searching for pleasure in a glass.
Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Mineral-tinged cherry and blackberry scents, along with smoky bacon, licorice and floral accents. Nicely concentrated and focused on the palate, offering juicy black and blue fruit and spicecake flavors that gain weight and become sweeter with aeration. Finishes long, sappy and sweet, showing very good delineation and cut on the minerally, youthfully tannic finish.
Christophe Curtat came later in life to the métier of vigneron, having first fallen in love as a wine drinker and collector in his previous career, prior to shifting gears and starting out in St. Joseph in his early forties in 2005. He now farms six hectares of vines in St. Joseph (and one hectare in Crozes-Hermitage), with the lion’s share of his Saint Joseph vines on the steep, terraced vineyards that are the true heart of the appellation. His 2015 Saint Joseph includes twenty-five percent whole clusters and was raised in twenty percent new oak. The wine is excellent in 2015, offering up a deep and youthful bouquet of cassis, pepper, black olive, stony soil tones, woodsmoke and just a bit of spicy oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very nicely balanced, with a rock solid core, fine focus and grip, ripe tannins and a long, nascently complex finish. This is pretty ripe at 13.5 percent octane, but shows impressive backend mineral drive and no signs of sur maturité on either the nose or palate. A fine example that needs a bit of bottle age to really blossom. 2020-2035+.
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