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2013 Patrimonio Rouge

Yves Leccia
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Corsica’s recent rise in popularity has rightfully put Patrimonio on the map for many wine drinkers, demonstrating that this great island cru can rival many of the finest terroirs of the Rhône, Provence, or Tuscany. It’s no surprise red Patrimonio should bear a resemblance to some of these wines, since it shares the Mediterranean climate and its principal grape variety, Niellucciu, is descended from Tuscan Sangiovese. Yet Patrimonios express an unmistakable Corsican essence, often in the form of resinous, smoky, herbal aromas recalling the wild brush, or maquis, that covers seemingly every bare spot on the island.
   Yves Leccia’s 2013 also features brambly notes of blackberry and dark cherry, a sanguine, gamey note, and chewy, leathery tannins conveying an almost rustic vigor. At age ten, this bottle is tasting fresh, nuanced, and ever evocative of its birthplace.

**Extremely limited quantities, maximum 3 bottles per purchase.**

Anthony Lynch


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2013
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 90% Niellucciu, 10% Grenache
Appellation: Patrimonio
Country: France
Region: Corsica
Producer: Yves Leccia
Winemaker: Yves Leccia
Vineyard: 20 to 40 years, 7.1 ha
Soil: Clay, limestone, schist
Aging: Aged for 12 months in stainless steel
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

Corsica

map of 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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Vintage Chart

Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch