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2021 Vin de France Rouge “Monte Bianco”

Domaine Comte Abbatucci
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If Corsican Sciaccarellu has proven its ability to make fresh, fragrant, crunchy wines that provide immediate pleasure, the island’s principal autochthonous red grape can aspire to even grander things under the right conditions. Produced from a steep, north-facing slope of thin, whitish granite that gives the cuvée its name, Monte Bianco is Jean-Charles Abbatucci’s grand cru–level Sciaccarellu. Suave and refined, it is a luxurious expression of this most Corsican grape, bearing an opulent bouquet of wild berries, roses, and Mediterranean vegetation baking under a hot sun. Drink it now and over the next few years with dishes featuring abundant earthy spice, such as Persian lamb shanks, eggplant tagine, or chicken biryani.

Chris Santini

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Sciaccarellu
Appellation: Ajaccio
Country: France
Region: Corsica
Producer: Domaine Comte Abbatucci
Winemaker: Jean-Charles Abbatucci
Vineyard: 25 years average, .6 ha total
Aging: Fermented in stainless steel and aged in foudre
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 16%

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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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