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2016 Patrimonio Rosé

Yves Leccia

2016 Patrimonio Rosé Yves Leccia - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

It seems safe to say that rosé consumption in the United States has reached an all-time high. It comes as no surprise: the wine’s obvious thirst-quenching qualities has us all craving the stuff as soon as the first rays of springtime sun break their way through the clouds of winter. And while many rosés serve just that purpose—warm-weather quaffers to be indiscriminately guzzled—certain examples of the style go a step beyond.
     We encourage you to consider this new arrival from Corsica’s Yves Leccia as a Patrimonio first and foremost, and as a rosé second. While there’s no doubt a bottle of this 2016 has the palate-whetting capacities to become your new patio pounder, it carries a stamp of its terroir with such soul and conviction that it would be a pity to neglect its origins on the rocky slopes of the Île de Beauté, just a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean.
     The wafting scent of wild maquis herbs and its mouth-watering, saline finish are unmistakable markers of its origins. In between, there is a serious wine gracing your palate—fleshy and mouth-filling, taut and mineral—that promises a beautiful evolution through the summer months and beyond. No, this is not just yet another pink wine.

Anthony Lynch

$28.00
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 80% Niellucciu, 20% Grenache
Appellation: Patrimonio
Country: France
Region: Corsica
Producer: Yves Leccia
Winemaker: Yves Leccia
Vineyard: 20 years, 4.6 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone, Schist
Aging: Rosé does not undergo malolactic fermentation, aged in temperature controlled stainless steel cuves for 6 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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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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