Corsica is an individual place. It’s unique history, culture, and even terroir make it a fascinating place for wine. While locate only 11 kilometers north of Sardinia, Corsica came under French rule in 1769.
Although not quite as large as Sardinia, Corsica still is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean. As such it has nine different AOC wine regions spread throughout the mountainous island. The most famous appellation is Patrimonio, which is located on the northern edge of the island, and was granted the first AOC in 1968.
The Giacometti family is a name to know in Corsican wine. They moved to the area known as the Agriate Desert in 1987, taking over old vineyards planted largely to Niellucciu, along with Grenache, Sciaccarellu and Vermentinu. The area located between the Cap Corse and Calvi is very rural, very dry and desolate. This family affair is run by Christian Giacometti, along with his wife, Corinne, and his daughter Sarah and son Simon. They farm organically, by hand, and in the cellar employ only natural yeasts.
"Cru Des Agriate" is a blend of 97% Niellucciu and 3% Grenache from 10-to-45-year-old vines. The soil is a mixture of clay and granite, and in such a dry climate, they are typically only getting around 35 hectares in crop.
With this cuvée, they are destemming, fermenting in stainless steel, and aging on the fine lees. No fining or filtering, with only a small amount of SO2 added.
Distinctly Mediterranean aromas of wild herbs, olive brine, and wild strawberry. Medium-plus to full-bodied, with lots of herb, spice, fruit, and soft tannins on the slightly bitter finish. This is a wine that calls out for food. From hearty winter stews to grilled leg of lamb, this will fit perfectly at the table.
We got a great deal on the last remaining cases of this wine, which normally retails for $26+ per bottle. Fans of Southern Rhône reds or Spanish reds from Jumilla should stock up on this. You can drink it now, or over the next 4 or 5 years.
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