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2020 Vin de France Rouge “Tarra di Sognu”

Clos Canarelli
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Tourists come from around the world to see Bonifacio, a town unlike any other, built on a cliff that juts out above the Mediterranean, leaving a high, empty space between its foundations and the sea. This walled-in village, once in conflict with the population around it, lived isolated from the rest of Corsica—an island within an island, if you will. It developed its own dialect (Bunifazzinu, still spoken by a few inhabitants), culture, architecture, and agriculture. Vineyards were planted on the limestone cliffs around the community and later abandoned. Yves Canarelli realized a lifelong dream (sognu) in 2010 when he finally acquired the rights to replant these deserted parcels with the rare varieties they grew in centuries past. A velvety texture, vibrant acidity, with herbal and fruit notes I’ve never experienced before, add magic and mystery to this historical cuvée, as unique and intriguing as the old town itself.

Chris Santini


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 2/3 Carcaghjolu Neru, 1/3 Sciaccarellu
Country: France
Region: Corsica
Producer: Clos Canarelli
Vineyard: 2 ha, Planted in 2013
Soil: Limestone, Chalk
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
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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Kermit inspecting wine barrels

For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.