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2017 Île de Beauté Rosé

Yves Leccia

Yves selects certain parcels from his Patrimonio vineyards planted to Niellucciu, the noble grape of northern Corsica, to produce this direct-press rosé. Much like Sangiovese in Tuscany, from where it is thought to descend, or Mourvèdre in southern France, Niellucciu here maintains proper acidity in high heat and has ample antioxidative properties in its skins, producing a rosé that is both delicious and characterful and has staying power. Like biting into a perfect slice of juicy watermelon, this beauty from the Île de Beauté confirms that Yves is just as comfortable producing irresistible daily drinkers as he is producing grands vins de garde.

Dixon Brooke

Wine Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Niellucciu
Country: France
Region: Corsica
Producer: Yves Leccia
Vineyard: 2.5 ha, 20-40 years
Soil: Clay, limestone, schist
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 13%

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About Corsica

map of 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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