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.
This selection is comprised of wines in which either a significant portion or the entirety of the grapes come from vines planted before 1950, with some going as far back as 150 years. We invite you to discover for yourself wines from these rare and ancient vines, and to taste these parts of French and Italian history.
In the world of wine, there are many good winegrowers. However, there are only a very select few who are truly great, and Auguste Clape will go down in history as one of the greats. A proud and uncompromising pioneer of fine winemaking in the northern Rhône, his Syrahs from the cru of Cornas have earned their place among the most celebrated wines of France.
Of all of the domaines we represent, no other serves more as our cornerstone, stands more in the defense of terroir, and is more intricately interwoven with our own history, than that of the iconic Peyraud family of Domaine Tempier
There are hundreds of wines in our portfolio, but not nearly enough space in our monthly newsletters to feature them all. Here you’ll find recent arrivals and new additions to our site, from half-bottles to Jeroboams, across France and Italy.
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.
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