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.
|Blend:||80% Niellucciu, 20% Grenache|
|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|
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.
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.
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