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by Madison Halvorson

2017 Île de Beauté Blanc

Yves Leccia   France   |   Corsica   |  I. G. P. Île de Beauté

$29.00

Yves’ thoughtful blend is unabashedly Corsican: fresh, slightly tart, and delightfully easy to drink. There is something special in your glass, something rare…

You might have read the story of “when Vermentinu met Biancu Gentile,” an introduction to our new cuvée from Antoine Arena, in last month’s newsletter. Here we have a different, equally fascinating Vermentinu/Biancu Gentile blend from another hero of the Corsican heirloom varietal movement.
        Back in the 90s, at the time when Yves Leccia discovered a tiny block of presumed-extinct Biancu Gentile, it is estimated there was only a single acre of this ancient vine left on earth. He and a small group of Corsican vignerons (including Arena) salvaged what they could, carefully selecting budwood with the hope of propagating, grafting, and eventually giving new life to a phantom limb of Corsican viticultural history.
         “It is certainly on a background of nostalgia that I made the choice years ago—a bit daring, certainly—to diversify the production of the estate by reintroducing old grape varieties.” Yves acknowledges a deep connection, learned from his father, between heritage and terroir, and crafts his wines from the same varieties which his ancestors (including his father and grandfather) cultivated. “These grape varieties bring extra soul to my wines. I feel that they participate fully in the ampelographic heritage that makes up all the wealth and identity of our beautiful Corsica.”
        Thirty years later, Yves now has a healthy Biancu Gentile vineyard—one hectare in Partinelone, a quintessential Patrimonio terroir of pure schist with slopes that face the Ligurian Sea and channel an ample coastal breeze from the Gulf of St. Florent.
        Corsica is undoubtedly an island anchored by ancient roots, and the heirloom grapes growing here have a story to tell. Yves listens, and makes wines of total Corsican clarity. His Île de Beauté Blanc is composed of 60% Vermentinu and 40% Biancu Gentile. The Vermentinu provides lush, generous texture and a mineral backbone; the Biancu Gentile adds layers of complexity, precision, and island-born aromatics—think sea spray, citrus blossom, wild maquis… is it possible to smell sunshine? There’s something special in your glass, something rare… something that almost never was. Taste the fruits of tenacious, genuinely Corsican labor—there’s nothing quite like it.

$29.00

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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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