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2021 Corse Calvi Rouge “Clos Reginu”

Domaine Maestracci
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Seeing a Corsican wine on offer in a section devoted to values may be enough to pique your interest, but there’s more to love about Clos Reginu than its price tag. High-toned and velvety, it’s made from the fruit of young, energetic vines, including southern French varieties like Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre, as well as local grapes like Niellucciu and Sciaccarellu. The latter two varieties, along with the cool microclimate of Calvi and its proximity to the sea, differentiate this wine from what you might find in mainland France. It’s like looking at a familiar landscape, only wind-swept and a touch overgrown.

Jane Augustine


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 35% Niellucciu, 30% Grenache, 15% Sciaccarellu, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre
Appellation: Calvi
Country: France
Region: Corsica
Producer: Domaine Maestracci
Winemaker: Camille-Anaïs Raoust
Vineyard: 5 ha, 5 – 25 years
Soil: Clay, Sand, on Granite
Aging: Wine ages in tank
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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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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