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The Society's Corsican Rosé 2022
Despite the heat of the summer of 2022, Suzzoni, father and son, produced a gorgeous, dry, refreshing, fruity pink using four grape varieties with the full-flavoured sciaccarellu the dominant. This is one of several Society wines to be presented without a foil capsule, as part of our commitment to sustainability. This fiercely proud Mediterranean island is off the south coast of France, and it is a map if the Ile de Beauté, as it is widely known, that features on the new label.
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- Rose Wine
- 1 - Bone dry
- Now to 2026
- 12.5% 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.
Buyer Marcel Orford-Williams travels to Corsica every December to work with the producer on the blend for this mainstay in the Society's rosé line-up. The 2022 vintage was a hot and small vintage, but...Buyer Marcel Orford-Williams travels to Corsica every December to work with the producer on the blend for this mainstay in the Society's rosé line-up. The 2022 vintage was a hot and small vintage, but quality was good and the heat of the year doesn't show in the final wine. A blend of mainly Corsican grapes sciaccerellu and niellucciu with cinsault and grenache, it's Provençal in style, but at a lower price, pale in colour and bone dry with juicy redcurrant fruitiness and some white flowers adding fragrance. Not complex, but a great-value everyday drinking rosé, fresh, clean and with good length. One of the several Society own-label wines to be presented without a foil capsule as part of the organisation's commitment to sustainability.