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2021 Vin de France Rosé “Faustine”

Domaine Comte Abbatucci

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Jean-Charles Abbatucci has shown time and time again he is a man of determination and resilience. Having taken over the domaine much earlier than planned, due to the untimely passing of his father (who did not have the opportunity to pass along his savoir faire), Jean-Charles learned from his missteps, listened to his vines and land, and came to soar on his own. New challenges now abound, notably a fire last year that tore through his winery, destroying a good part of it and many wines. After spending the night battling flames, Jean-Charles the next day was heartbroken by the devastation but already moving and mapping a path out of the mess. Refrigerated trucks were parked in the ruins, work began immediately to salvage parts of the winery that could still be used, and the 2021 vintage was miraculously vinified on the heels of the fire. You’d never know it tasting the vintage, as this rosé is one of his best ever—lovely and pure, with a filtered-over-granite finish. A wine, a vintage, a vigneron, all of determination and resilience.

Chris Santini

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Technical Information
Wine Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Sciaccarellu
Country: France
Region: Corsica
Producer: Domaine Comte Abbatucci
Winemaker: Jean-Charles Abbatucci
Vineyard: 20 years
Soil: Granite
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 14.10%

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About The Region


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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