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2011 Carcaghjolu Neru

Clos Canarelli

2011 Carcaghjolu Neru Clos Canarelli - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Yves Canarelli’s namesake estate is located on the far southern tip of the island of Corsica, near the town of Figari. This area is a fairytale landscape of pink granite outcroppings, rugged hillsides, small farms, and wild scrub brush. It is truly wine paradise. Yves recently planted a few acres of vines in the white limestone of the southern fortress and port town of Bonifacio, an investment that I expect will eventually deliver some of his grandest wines.
    Speaking of grandeur, the rediscovery of Carcaghjolu Neru was probably one of the greatest events in the modern history of Corsica. This grape now produces the “king” of Corsican wines. In the hands of a master like Yves, it is capable of uncanny depth, power, and complexity, yet it retains a featherweight touch on the palate. Dark, palate-staining wild berries, extreme but weightless concentration—this is a wine that will really impress your friends who think they’ve seen it all. –Dixon Brooke
$90.00
Vintage: 2011
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Carcaghjolu Neru
Appellation: Corse Figari
Country: France
Region: Corsica
Producer: Clos Canarelli
Winemaker: Yves Canarelli
Vineyard: Planted in 2007, 1 ha
Soil: Granite
Aging: Fermented and vinified in large foudres for 14 to 18 months
Farming: Biodynamic, Organic
Alcohol: 13%

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About Corsica

I first set foot on the island in 1980. I remember looking down from the airplane window seeing alpine forest and lakes and thinking, uh oh, I got on the wrong plane. Then suddenly I was looking down into the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean. Corsica is a small, impossibly tall island, the tail of the Alp chain rising out of the blue sea.—Kermit Lynch

Kermit’s first trip to the island proved fruitful, with his discovery of Clos Nicrosi’s Vermentino. More than thirty years later, the love affair with Corsica has only grown as we now import wines from ten domaines that cover the north, south, east, and west of what the French affectionately refer to as l’Île de Beauté.

Corsica is currently experiencing somewhat of a renaissance—interest has never been higher in the wines and much of this is due to growers focusing on indigenous and historical grapes found on the island. Niellucciu, Sciarcarellu, and Vermentinu are widely planted but it is now common to find bottlings of Biancu Gentile and Carcaghjolu Neru as well as blends with native varieties like Rossola Bianca, Minustellu, or Montaneccia.

As Kermit described above, Corsica has a strikingly mountainous landscape. The granite peaks top out above 9,000 feet. The terroir is predominantly granite with the exception of the Patrimonio appellation in the north, which has limestone, clay, and schist soils.The wines, much like their southern French counterparts make for great pairings with the local charcuterie, often made from Nustrale, the native wild boar, as well as Brocciu, the Corsican goats milk cheese that is best served within 48 hours of it being made.

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For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.

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