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The Society's Corsican Rosé 2020

Rose Wine from France - Provence / Massif / Corsica
This 2020 blend from the island of Corsica is dominated by the sciaccarellu grape variety which favours freshness and delicacy. Pale, bone-dry and full-flavoured: a must for summer drinking.Please note that this wine shows a slight and harmless haze due to minimal filtration.
Price: £9.95 Bottle
Price: £119.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: FC40281

Wine characteristics

  • Rose Wine
  • Bone dry
  • Sciaccarellu
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2023
  • 75cl
  • Cork, diam

Clos Culombu (Etienne Suzzoni)

The Balagne, a fruitful stretch of the north-west coast, known as the Garden of Corsica, is home to one of the island’s oldest, driest and most serious appellations, Vin de Corse-Calvi.

Vines have been grown here since the 13th century, and though current acreage is now less than half of its original 700 hectares, its reputation is high.

Rosé and red wines form the lion’s share of production, with whites accounting for a meagre 12%. Etienne Suzzoni at Clos Culombu, in the communes of Montegrosso and Lumio, is one of the real characters among Corsica's winemakers. Larger than life in every way, he has championed the cause of fine wine from Corsica, where till now so much of the wine has been produced by under-performing co-operatives.

From his 55 hectares he makes fine examples of that Corsican staple, rosé, excellent reds from nielluccio (aka sangiovese in Italy) and sciacarello (a native grape) supported by syrah, grenache and cinsault, and full-flavoured whites from vermentino, which dominates among the island’s white varieties. However, before vermentino came to dominate in Corsica, there were other varieties planted and these are slowly being reintroduced, especially by some of the more forward-thinking growers like Etienne. Anyone for riminese, genovese , brustianu, cordivarta, biancu gentile, or cualtacciu? They all find their way into bottles from this estate with one eye on the traditional and one on the innovative.
2020 vintage reviews

The Daily Telegraph

Even though the grapes are different, rosé from Corsica often appeals to those who love Côtes de Provence rosé. This has a charming, fresh delicacy and is made from 70 per cent...
Even though the grapes are different, rosé from Corsica often appeals to those who love Côtes de Provence rosé. This has a charming, fresh delicacy and is made from 70 per cent sciaccarellu and 27 per cent niellucciu with just a dash of cinsault.
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- Victoria Moore

JancisRobinson.com

Pale pink. So exciting on the nose! Clearly cooled by sea breezes. Makes me want to go on holiday so I can drink this casually without analysing it. Herby nose with lots of fine, minerally fruit on...
Pale pink. So exciting on the nose! Clearly cooled by sea breezes. Makes me want to go on holiday so I can drink this casually without analysing it. Herby nose with lots of fine, minerally fruit on the palate and a dry finish. A lovely aperitif but it should also go well with a wide range of summer dishes. It’s assertive enough to drink with quite flavourful food. Good value.
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16.5/20

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