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2015 Vin de France Rouge “Monte Bianco”

Domaine Comte Abbatucci

2015 Vin de France <i>Rouge</i> “Monte Bianco” Domaine Comte Abbatucci - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
If the Rouge Frais above is your Sciaccarellu nouveau meant for daily refreshment, then the Monte Bianco here is the grand cru. Everything is amped up: the same wild berry perfume is infused with a sappy density; the subtle hints of spice and dried herbs become an orchestra of rich, earthy nuances; and the bright, clean finish is now an opulent, voluptuous layer of flavor that coats the palate and just keeps on giving. There’s no doubt that Sciaccarellu can make interesting wines in Corsica, but in Abbatucci’s hands, the grape is capable of true greatness. This masterpiece is the proof.

Anthony Lynch

$92.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Sciaccarellu
Appellation: Ajaccio
Country: France
Region: Corsica
Producer: Domaine Comte Abbatucci
Winemaker: Jean-Charles Abbatucci
Vineyard: 25 years average, .6 ha total
Aging: Fermented in stainless steel and aged in foudre
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
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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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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