Domaine Curtat – Saint Joseph Rouge “Les Nomades” 2013
After learning his trade from two of the region’s masters (Yves Cuilleron and Francois Villard), Christophe founded his own domain in 2004. His four-hectare vineyard near Arras in St Joseph is planted on southeast facing granite slopes with vines ranging from 12 to 50 years of age. A third of the domain’s production is white with the balance being red. His winemaking philosophy is based on respecting the typicity of the terroir and the life in and around the vineyard. His techniques combine modern approaches to capture the freshness of the fruit and traditional handling techniques that add richness and complexity to the wines. His wines, of which two-thirds are red and one-third is white, are of exceptional quality, made with the minutest attention to detail.
Planting densities are reasonably high at up to 8000 vines per hectare and yields are restricted to produce top quality fruit.
Since 2004 Christophe Curtat has slowly built up his tiny domaine near Arras to comprise 4 hectares of prime St Joseph Vineyards. The vines are located on. They range from 12 to 50 years of age.
A silky smooth, velvety textured wine with incredible depth of clean, warm red fruits supported by delicate cinnamon spice – very classy indeed but beware it is only made in tiny quantities.
Mild aromas of mulberry and blackberry. Inherent harmony is evidenced by expressive plummy fruit, well-judged oak and a seam of life-giving acidity. 86/100 -Decanter, April 2016