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The Society's Corsican Rosé 2021

Rose Wine from France - Provence / Massif / Corsica
3.500000000 star rating 2 Reviews
Corsica enjoyed a near-perfect 2021, its vintages being closer to conditions in Tuscany. This was made from a blend of niellucciu and sciaccarelu with grenache and cinsault in support. Pale, bone dry and full-flavoured: a must for sunshine drinking.
Price: £10.50 Bottle
Price: £126.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: FC42181

Wine characteristics

  • Rose Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Sangiovese
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2024
  • 13% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • 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.

Portmouth News

There is relatively little wine from Corsica found in the UK, but on the basis of [this wine] there should be more as this is delicious. It is almost a take on Italy meets France with this made from a...
There is relatively little wine from Corsica found in the UK, but on the basis of [this wine] there should be more as this is delicious. It is almost a take on Italy meets France with this made from a blend including sangiovese (here known as nielluccio), sciacarello (a local grape) and grenache. This will definitely appeal to Provence rose fans. It is a delicate pale pink colour with redcurrants, pomegranate and wild herbs on the nose followed by a fresh, lively palate and a bone dry, almost delicate finish. A perfect summer aperitif or try with simply grilled fish.
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Alistair Gibson

Shropshire Star

Simply delicious.

Sharon Walters

South Wales Echo

If you fancy a drop of pale pink that'll get your pals talking, then crack [this] open. Firstly, the blend of sciaccarellu, niellucciu (aka sangiovese in Italy), grenache and cinsault should pique their...
If you fancy a drop of pale pink that'll get your pals talking, then crack [this] open. Firstly, the blend of sciaccarellu, niellucciu (aka sangiovese in Italy), grenache and cinsault should pique their interest, but not as much as the bright, fresh summer fruits on the nose and palate. When the sun is shining, this wine is a must.
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Neil Cammies

Manchester Evening News

Corsican wine often puts a twist on Italian grapes that may be already familiar as well as offering varieties unique to the island. This wine is made in the Balagne, along the north-west coast known as...
Corsican wine often puts a twist on Italian grapes that may be already familiar as well as offering varieties unique to the island. This wine is made in the Balagne, along the north-west coast known as the garden of Corsica, and home to one of the island's oldest, driest and most serious appellations. It's vinified by Etienne Suzzoni of Clos Culombu from nielluccio (sangiovese) and sciacarello (a native grape) supported by syrah, grenache and cinsault and full flavoured whites from vermentino. It's very dry, fresh and delicate.
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Andy Cronshaw

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