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2018 Corse Calvi Rouge “E Prove”

Domaine Maestracci
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A timeless favorite that somehow keeps getting more delicious each release. Only grapes from the estate’s oldest vines—all from the E Prove plateau—find their way into this cuvée. A slow fermentation is followed by more than a year in cask and another in bottle before this rouge hits the seas for our shores. The long process tames the meaty and chewy tannins, opens the structure, and removes any hard edges, letting loads of red fruit and maquis shine.

Chris Santini

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2018
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 35% Niellucciu, 35% Grenache, 15% Sciacarellu, 15% Syrah
Appellation: Calvi
Country: France
Region: Corsica
Producer: Domaine Maestracci
Winemaker: Camille-Anaïs Raoust
Vineyard: 25 - 40 years
Soil: Clay, Sand, on Granite
Aging: Wine is raised for one year in stainless steel and then one year in foudre or French oak barrels, wine is aged in bottle for 6 months to a year
Farming: Biodynamic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

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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Inspiring Thirst

A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117

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