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2021 Patrimonio Blanc “Cru des Agriate”

Domaine Giacometti

To get to Domaine Giacometti, one must take the narrow, winding road between Calvi and Saint-Florent that cuts through the wilderness known as the Désert des Agriates. The road is flanked by scented scrubland made up of plants like immortelle and myrtle, each turn offering a stunning view of either Corsica’s dramatic mountains or the distant blue of the Mediterranean coast. Upon arriving at the tiny hamlet of Casta, a sign points down a dirt road leading to the domaine. After several minutes of dusty, bumpy off-roading, the Giacometti home and cellars, surrounded by beautifully tended vineyard plots, come into view.
     It is in this remote land of granite that Simon Giacometti grows organic Vermentinu grapes for the family's Patrimonio white. The fruit is all hand-harvested and ferments spontaneously in stainless steel, completing its malolactic to give a delightful balance of palate-coating stone fruit and crisp citrus. Notes of herbs and sea salt further distinguish this dry and refreshing Corsican elixir, which shines served cool with grilled fish or summery salads.

Anthony Lynch

$32.00
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Vermentinu
Appellation: Patrimonio
Country: France
Region: Corsica
Producer: Domaine Giacometti
Winemaker: Christian Giacometti
Vineyard: 8 – 28 years
Soil: Clay, Granite
Aging: Aged for less than 6 months on fine lees in stainless steel tank
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13.0%

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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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I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

Inspiring Thirst, page 171

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