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2018 Faustine Rosé “Vieilles Vignes”

Domaine Comte Abbatucci

Angéline, Floureto, Faustine—these are a few of the daughters of vignerons whose names appear on bottles we import. After selling a wine for many years, putting a name to a face is exciting, and we had just that opportunity when Faustine Abbatucci interned with us for the past three months. Perhaps you had the chance to chat with her in our retail shop.
     Connecting with producers always brings out insights that just can’t come across when simply tasting a bottle. As the French are wont to do, Faustine was quick to correct my French, making sure I knew how to pronounce Corsican grape varieties. Faustine’s rosé is mostly Sciaccarellu, pronounced chya-ca-ray-loo. Please call our shop and ask any salesperson to say this to you so you can hear it for yourself. I hope you pick up a bottle or case of her rosé, too—it’s nearly too easy to drink, with an ethereal quality and what we’ve come to know as classic Corsican characteristics: rosemary and thyme aromatics with a hint of mouth-watering salinity.

Clark Z. Terry

$38.00
Wine Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2018
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Sciaccarellu
Appellation: Ajaccio
Country: France
Region: Corsica
Producer: Domaine Comte Abbatucci
Winemaker: Jean-Charles Abbatucci
Soil: Granite
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 12.5%

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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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