Along with several contemporaries, Yves Leccia is in large part responsible for putting Corsican wine on the map. His tireless work ethic and precise craftsmanship have made him a proud flag bearer for the Patrimonio appellation, as his delightful whites, rosés, and reds brilliantly reflect the potential for fine wine in this island enclave. Although this red cannot be granted AOC status due to the high proportion of Grenache (80%, with 20% Niellucciu), it is nonetheless a compelling translation of the gorgeous seaside terroir from which it hails. Lively, fresh, and juicy, it offers hints of smoke, wild fruit, and maquis herbs that recall the rugged, rocky vineyard slopes. Its chewy tannins provide a touch of rusticity that makes this red an ideal match for anything off the grill, but it takes well to a slight chill and is utterly quaffable no matter the circumstances. Here at KLWM, we agree: this red is a real treat. –Anthony Lynch
|Blend:||80% Grenache 20% Niellucciu|
|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|
Raised in a small village in the heart of Patrimonio, Yves worked alongside his father in the vines and cellar at the earliest age he could. The Leccias have been making wine from the finest terroirs of Patrimonio for countless generations. Originally working alongside his sister, he decided to branch off on his own in 2004 and focus on the terroir he felt was best. “E Croce” sits on a thin chalk soil above a bedrock of pure schist, facing the gulf of St. Florent. Yves is a firm believer in the idea that if you want something done right you need to do it yourself, tending his vines alone and working the cellar by himself. He keeps his yields low, knows when to harvest , and knows how to let E Croce express itself in the wines.
Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch