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2015 Corse Figari Rouge

Clos Canarelli

2015 Corse Figari <i>Rouge</i> Clos Canarelli - 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. 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. —Chris Santini


  • Vintage 2015
  • Bottle Size 750mL
  • Blend 80% Niellucciu, 15% Syrah, 5% Sciaccarellu
  • Appellation Corse Figari
  • Country France
  • Region Corsica
  • Vineyard 13.25 ha
  • Soil Granite
  • Winemaker Yves Canarelli
  • Aging Fermented and vinified in large foudres for 14 to 18 months
  • Farming Biodynamic, Organic
  • Alcohol 13.5%

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