2016 - NICOLAS BADEL - St Joseph Blanc, Marsanne, Rhone Valley

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A Saint-Joseph made 100% Marsanne, fully in accordance with the Domain’s philosophy. Tension, balance and generosity. 

A complex and intense nose mixing cedar, citruses, mushrooms, caramel and then roasted notes of curry and hazelnut. A juicy attack that moves to more intense and complex aromas. The finish - gourmand - last for long and wraps us in citruses vapours.

To be paired with white grilled fish dishes, or with delicate veal steaks. Creamy pasta dishes or any asian influence dish using sesame oil. More simply, almond snack. 

Hailing from the Northern Rhône and a family of local farmers, Nicolas Badel trained as an engineer before deciding that winemaking was where his heart was. Nicolas returned to school and studied viticulture, spending many years working in other people’s vineyards. In 1999 he acquired his vineyards in Saint-Joseph and Condrieu near the town of Limony (Northern most part of the Rhone Valley) and began by selling his wine to the local cooperative, waiting until he was ready to release his own wine in 2010 from his own 7 hectares. He is not one to rush anything; instead, he is a steadfast perfectionist who prefers to take his time and do things the right way. He has been certified organic since the very beginning and is now in the process of carefully working biodynamics into his vineyards, with the intent of making the finest wines possible from his terroir.