Corsica

Corsica

Located adjacent to the azure waters of the Mediterranean, the French island of Corsica offers a unique environment for wine production. Over centuries, this rugged terrainscape, dotted with citrus groves and straggly vineyards, has developed a range of distinctive wines, combining native and classic French varietals.

Corsica’s winemaking heritage can be traced back 2,500 years, showcasing its profound historical roots. The island contains nine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) regions with the Vins de Corse, Patrimonio, and Muscat du Cap Corse being the most prominent. This indeed demonstrates the vast diversity in the island's viticultural offerings.

Corsican wines are a kaleidoscope of flavours - a marriage of sun-kissed ripeness and cool-weather acidity. In white wines, you'll find Vermentino, or 'Rolle' as it's known locally, producing vibrant wines with enticing aromatics. This white wine varietal is often described as having a refreshing tartness accompanied by notes of green apple, lime, and blossoming almonds. Rosé, typically Grenache-based, exhibits a delicate, salmon-pink hue with a pleasing minerality.

Corsica's red wines, predominantly crafted from Niellucciu and Sciaccarellu grapes, radiate the Mediterranean sun's warmth in their rich, fruity profiles. Niellucciu, the most planted red grape, creates full-bodied wines resembling its cousin, Sangiovese, with hints of sour cherry and earthy undertones, while Sciaccarellu is more elegant, often showing strawberry and spice tones.

The island’s vineyards, stippled upon the sun-splashed slopes, contribute to an intricate terroir, varying massively with altitude, soil, and climate. Corsican wines are an exciting blend of French influences and Italian heritage, giving them an uncanny Twixt-Italy-and-France charm. Despite remaining relatively low-profile on the international wine stage, Corsica promises a delightful, unique experience to wine defenders seeking something outside the mainstream. Corsican wine brings the essence of this stunning, sun-drenched island directly to your glass. Savour it with the local charcuterie or cheese, and you're in for a gastronomic delight.

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