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2014 Faustine Rouge “Vieilles Vignes”

Domaine Comte Abbatucci

2014 Faustine <i>Rouge</i> “Vieilles Vignes” Domaine Comte Abbatucci - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
In the rugged granite hills above Ajaccio, Jean-Charles Abbatucci continues to demonstrate a mastery of biodynamic viticulture that leads to a lineup of some the most fascinating—and downright delicious—wines of Corsica, and perhaps all of France. His steadfast confidence in Corsica’s local grape varieties, coupled with his respect for ancient farming and cellar practices learned from his father, allows him to craft wines with singular aromatics and unrivaled Corsican soul.
     His flagship cuvée is this Faustine rouge bottling, a blend of Sciaccarellu with some Niellucciu that could be considered the perfumed vinous essence of the island’s scrubby, rocky slopes. Vividly bright in color and aroma, it conveys smashed wild raspberries laced with maquis herbs such as the myrtle and immortelle plants that surround the vineyards. The palate is deeply exotic with a luscious dollop of Mediterranean sun and just the right touch of elegant tannins, making it thirst-quenching and versatile with anything from rustic charcuterie to a number of worldly cuisines. It deserves a place on any table. –Anthony Lynch
$37.00
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 70% Sciaccarellu, 30% Niellucciu
Appellation: Ajaccio
Country: France
Region: Corsica
Producer: Domaine Comte Abbatucci
Winemaker: Jean-Charles Abbatucci
Vineyard: 18 ha total
Farming: Biodynamic
Alcohol: 14%

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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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When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174

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