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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. All three growers featured here are certified organic, and Clos Canarelli is also certified biodynamic. There is mounting evidence that biodynamic practices, especially in hot climates, keep wines vibrant and juicy, preventing any dry, raisin-like qualities. In fact, Yves Canarelli himself likes to say that if you don’t taste the biodynamic vibrations in his wines, he’s failed at his job. His Figari rouge is dense and rich, for sure, but those good vibrations keep it delicious and inviting to drink.
|Blend:||80% Niellucciu, 15% Syrah, 5% Sciaccarellu|
|Aging:||Fermented and vinified in large foudres for 14 to 18 months|
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
Inspiring Thirst, page 117