Winemaker's daughter at Domaine Leccia
The most famous Corsican, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, may have been French, but until three months before his birth in 1769, the island was controlled under the rule of the Italians.
Most of Corcica’s vineyards are located around the coast. The leading grapes are Sangiovese and Vermentino. There are 9 designated wine regions, the oldest of which is Patrimonio (1968). It was here that I was based for 2 weeks, with day trips to the Cap Corse and Calvi wine regions.
I was most impressed by the island’s whites made from the Vermentino grape. This varietal, which thrives on the
So what is it about Vermentino that is so appealing? Is it the subtle floral and fruity aromatics (think citrus, apricot, pineapple & tropical) that I love most? Or is it the well-rounded mouthfeel that is beautifully balanced with a refreshing acidity? Vermentino was a perfect match with
The following, listed in alphabetical order, stood out as the best of those wines that are exported to the
· Antoine Arena
· Clos Nicrosi