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A Taste of Corsica’s Magnificent, Untamed Landscape

by Anthony Lynch

2018 Corse Calvi Rouge “Clos Reginu”

Domaine Maestracci   France   |   Corsica   |  Calvi

Great wine is said to be a translation of the place in which it is made, and few wines demonstrate this statement as well as Corsica’s unique island creations. Domaine Maestracci, a family-run estate inland of the port town of Calvi, sits between mountains and sea on a plateau known as Reginu, constantly ventilated by Mediterranean breezes saturated with whiffs of the local shrubbery, the maquis. This red—a blend of Niellucciu, Grenache, Sciaccarellu, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Carignan—perfectly captures the area’s magnificent, totally untamed landscape. In the glass you’ll find explosive aromas of wild red fruits, smoke, and the pervasive herbs of the maquis, along with a light, stony tannin that recalls the rocky, rugged terrain. While Clos Reginu represents Maestracci’s entry-level bottling, this red deserves to be treated with respect—allowing the wine to open up with air reveals much more than one would expect, given the value pricing. 


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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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