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2014 Patrimonio Rouge

Yves Leccia

2014 Patrimonio <i>Rouge</i> Yves Leccia - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Now is a good time to pay close attention to Corsican reds. The island’s rosés and whites need no further introduction, as they have shown remarkably consistent quality for the last several vintages. At times, however, Corsican reds have veered toward plummy and overripe—which is not surprising, given that temps in the summer can regularly top a hundred for several days straight. Regardless of the heat, one trend I’ve noticed these past few years is our growers’ increasing ability to harness the elements that can counter the sun and limit overripeness. All of our Corsican producers, for example, live close to the sea and their vines lie under a constant sea breeze, which many consider to have cleansing powers that ward off disease and allow grapes to stay cool. Yves Leccia deserves a medal for making elegant and soft reds since day one, long before others cracked the code. Through cool fermentations in stainless-steel tanks, his Patrimonio reveals huge depth and complexity, yet with the smoothest of tannins. It is the ideal Corsican rouge for aging. Open up any of these and consider it your window to what Corsica smells and tastes like. Each has a subtle bouquet of its surroundings: mixed notes of juniper, wild olive tree, sea fennel, pine, thyme, rosemary, chestnut, immortelle de corse, myrtle, saline breezes, and brush smoke... to name just a few. 

Chris Santini

$36.00
Vintage: 2014
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: All red grapes are de-stemmed, then placed in stainless steel cuves for 12 to 15 days with daily pump-overs, then aged for 12 months
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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