The broad strokes of Corsican history—Italian past, French present—provide a convenient context when initially encountering the island’s wines. Upon first tasting Corsican wines, I was fascinated by this exciting mix of French and Italian elements. The aromas and flavors seem to have a foot in both countries, which makes sense considering that the island’s prominent grape varieties—Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu, Vermentinu—were likely brought to Corsica from Italy centuries ago. With its black cherry fruit and balsamic undertone, Niellucciu from Figari’s granitic soils has a certain Chianti-esque quality, while steely Vermentinu from the limestone and schist soils of Patrimonio leaves nothing to be desired compared to its lighter, simpler coastal Italian counterparts. Corsican rosés run the gamut from lean, racy offerings to rosés as complex as anything from Bandol. There is also the hint of the island’s fragrant wild scrubland, the maquis, in these wines, and the way they remain fresh despite the Mediterranean heat. When you delve deeper, the easy comparisons fade away and something uniquely Corsican emerges, just as a closer look at Corsican history tells the story of a people continually struggling under foreign rule, and forging a distinct cultural identity in the process—one far more complex than a simple Italian-French duality. We have been importing Corsican wines since 1981, when Kermit, armed with a list of potential producers from Domine Tempier’s Lucien Peyraud, first scouted the island with Lucien’s son Jean-Marie. Today, our Corsican portfolio includes some of the most influential vignerons on the island, like Jean-Charles Abbatucci, who grows heirloom varieties salvaged from ancient vineyards deep in Corsica’s mountainous interior, effectively saving several native grapes from extinction. Or Yves Leccia, who is not only a producer of age-worthy reds and whites, but also the founder of a revered Corsican polyphonic singing group. By honoring Corsica’s past, they help ensure its future. Featuring wines from every Corsican producer we import, this comprehensive collection features some of the most exciting wines being made on the island today and offers the unparalleled opportunity to experience the work of women and men in pursuit of something truly unique—because regardless of the ancient origin of its grapes or what country currently claims the island, Corsica’s wine will forever remain distinctly Corsican.
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We have been importing Corsican wines since 1981, when Kermit, armed with a list of potential producers from Domine Tempier’s Lucien Peyraud, first scouted the island with Lucien’s son Jean-Marie. Today, our Corsican portfolio includes some of the most influential vignerons on the island.
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Winemaking is an ancient art in Sardinia and Sicily, yet the growers featured here are pioneers in their approach to farming, vinification, and how to assimilate age-old wisdom with modern expertise. Now through Sunday, October 4th, take 20% off these wines from Sardinia and Sicily.
Here at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant we don’t believe in selling anything mediocre, and we would certainly not put our name on a wine we didn’t believe in. So our values are just that, wines that are full of value and quality.
Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés
Tasting Grenache, Garnatxa, Grannacia, Cannonau, or whatever you choose to call it across many regions, it quickly becomes apparent that this grape is a chameleon whose identity changes in accordance with the local conditions.
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