After many years of apprenticeship, Florian and Marie Curtet have risen as the successors to the dynamic Savoie producer, Jacques Maillet, who made his last vintage in 2015. They have christened their new venture Domaine Curtet, which is comprised of the same 5-hectare estate on the hillsides above the Upper Rhone River near Switzerland.
The couple farms their land biodynamically, with Florian proving to be a master at implementing teas and infusions as he cares for the land. They have adopted the spirit of Maillet, choosing to work “autrement” in the vineyard and the cellar. Their approach is devoutly non-interventionist, which has proven to be more freeing than restrictive, as the pair’s gregariousness and creativity echoes through every facet of their process—down to the dragonfly on the domaine’s labels, signifying the deft touch of nature they showcase in every bottle. The wines of Domaine Curtet exhibit a crystalline precision and purity–embodying the best of what the unique terroir has to offer.
2016 was atypical for Roussette (Altesse), as a long period of dryness greatly affected the grapes, which are apparently more susceptible to dryness than Jacquere. It meant that phenolic maturity was reached, but with much lower potential alcohol than normal, which led to the wine being completely dry. It's very rare, as Roussette de Savoie wines usually have some residual sugar (usually between 3-10 grams total), but it is definitely not a "bad" thing, especially for you acid freaks out there! Here's a chance to wallow in the aromatic complexity and subtle viscosity of Altesse, with a bone dry finish! Enjoy this wine after being open for about an hour, we think it will also age beautifully.
Domaine Curtet - Rousette du Savoie 2016