Domaine Comte Abbatucci
‘Faustine’ Sciaccarellu & Niellucciu 2020
Corsica, France

$65.00

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Style: Red: Medium bodied, perfumed and silky

Producer: Domaine Comte Abbatucci

Region: Corsica, France

Grape: 70% Sciaccarellu and 30% Niellucciu

Vintage: 2018

Soil: Mixed

Farming: Sustainable

Oak: Stainless Steal

Alcohol: 13%

Glassware: Syrah Stem

Decant: Not required

Serving Temperature: 16 – 18°C

The Wine: Sciaccarellu (or sciaccarello) is a red grape variety that is grown primarily in Corsica. It is most noted for the wines that come from the Ajaccio AOC and tends to be highly perfumed.

Nielluccio is a red grape also native to this island. It is the principal grape variety used in the production of the AOC of Patrimonio, where it must by law make up 95% of the blend.  An early budding vine, Nielluccio produces wines lacking in color and with high alcohol levels.

Hand harvested and fermented in concrete vats and small temperature-controlled tanks. Maceration takes place for several weeks with very gentle infusion and some pumping over to give very fine tannins. Cool-fermented in stainless steel and matured on lees for 6 months. Busting with bright fruits on the nose. Mostly in the red fruit spectrum, but with a little black. The palate is a wave of enjoyment. Bristling energy and vibrancy. Pleasure wine.

Sebastian Crowther MS

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Producer Profile

Corsica, a remote island in the Mediterranean, is the one French wine region that perhaps owes as much to the Italian winemaking tradition as the French winemaking tradition. Part of that has to do with the island’s location – it is 90 kilometers west of Italy but 170 kilometers southeast of France. It was only in 1769 that the island finally came under French control.
There are three grape varietals that are most popular in Corsica – Nielluccio (which is similar to Sangiovese and is sometimes called “the spice wine of France”), Sciacarello and Vermentino. Overall, there are more than 40 grapes that are grown on the island, with many of them reflecting Italian influences. Of these grape varietals, the most popular is Nielluccio.

Domaine Comte Abbatucci extends over 100 ha of granite sandy slopes, located in the southern part of Corsica in the Taravo valley. Among the estate’s 100 hectares, there are 18 ha of vines at about 100m above sea level but you will also find fruit trees, vegetables, olive trees and sheep which have all been farmed bio-dynamically since 2000.

The estate is one of the oldest vineyard plantations in Corsica and has been chosen to study and experiment the reproduction of ancient vine varieties. The estate grows a wide range of indigenous varieties including Niellucio and Sciacarello as well as the more obscure Morescola, Morescono, Aleatico, Carcajolo Nera, Montanaccia. Life on the estate is regulated by the rhythms of the sun, moon and the planets. The grapes are said to develop in health and harmony with the assistance of traditional Corsican polyphonic music played over loudspeakers.

If it wasn’t for Antoine Abbatucci, most of the grapes now grown by his son, Jean-Charles, might well not exist. In the 1960s, local Corsican grapes were being rapidly replaced by international competitors. Antoine was charged with preserving these varieties and, using a hectare of land, created a ampelographic station and saved the fate of 18 of them.

When Jean-Charles took over in 2000, he began grafting these old varieties onto the existing vines, and then started to grow them biodynamically. Today, 14 of those varieties can be found at Domaine Abbatucci, and there are now around 18 hectares of vines, which are planted on granite slopes 100 metres above sea level. They thrive in an ecosystem in which a wide variety of flora and fauna grow beside the vines, adding to the ecological diversity, an important part of bio-dynamic viticulture. In the winter, a herd of sheep comes to the land, and there is also a herd of striped “tiger cows”. The cows are bred by Jean-Charles’s brother, Jacque, and eaten at the restaurant run their other brother, Henri. The vines are punctuated by shrubs and olive trees.

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Style: Red: Medium bodied, perfumed and silky

Producer: Domaine Comte Abbatucci

Region: Corsica, France

Grape: 70% Sciaccarellu and 30% Niellucciu

Vintage: 2018

Soil: Mixed

Farming: Sustainable

Oak: Stainless Steal

Alcohol: 13%

Glassware: Syrah Stem

Decant: Not required

Serving Temperature: 16 – 18°C

The Wine: Sciaccarellu (or sciaccarello) is a red grape variety that is grown primarily in Corsica. It is most noted for the wines that come from the Ajaccio AOC and tends to be highly perfumed.

Nielluccio is a red grape also native to this island. It is the principal grape variety used in the production of the AOC of Patrimonio, where it must by law make up 95% of the blend.  An early budding vine, Nielluccio produces wines lacking in color and with high alcohol levels.

Hand harvested and fermented in concrete vats and small temperature-controlled tanks. Maceration takes place for several weeks with very gentle infusion and some pumping over to give very fine tannins. Cool-fermented in stainless steel and matured on lees for 6 months. Busting with bright fruits on the nose. Mostly in the red fruit spectrum, but with a little black. The palate is a wave of enjoyment. Bristling energy and vibrancy. Pleasure wine.

Sebastian Crowther MS