Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Nomade 2014: Tasting the Terroir of Saint Joseph



I love wines that are full expressions of terroir, and I am fan of the Saint Joseph appellation, in the Northern Rhone. I enjoy their rich structure, high quality, complexity and potential to age. So when it came down to choose a Syrah at the wine bar Vins Urbains, in Bordeaux, the Domaine Christophe Curtat Nomade 2014 got my attention.

Cristophe Curtat is a young vigneron in Saint Joseph who owns a small domaine that makes whites from Roussane and Marsanne, and Syrah grown in a granite soil. The Nomade takes its name from the different detached parcels of vines used to make this wine. Indeed, the wine grower has to constantly move from one parcel to the other. Thus, in a way, he is a wanderer just like nomads.

The wine gives pure joy to the palate. Notes of mulberries and blackberry, accompanied by violet (typical of Saint Joseph), lavender, dark chocolate and black pepper. Very smooth and easy to drink. One can feel also the vintage: despite some rain, the summer 2014 led to a very good maturation of the grapes, reflected in the concentration and roundness of the wine.

It can be drunk now or can age for 5-10 years. With regards to food pairing, it can adapt to many dishes. I had it with charcuterie and cheese, but can pair well with rich dishes as lamb tajine and sirloin steak. For 33 euros to drink in the wine bar, this is a must if you enjoy full-bodied reds that are complex and round.
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