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Domaine Abbatucci, Diplomate D’Empire, 2011

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Rich, Exotic, Complex

Farming

Biodynamic

Producer

Domaine Abbatucci

Grape

Vermentinu/Rossola Bianca/ Biancu Gentile/Genovese/Brustiano

Wine Type

White

Country

France

Region

VDF, Corsica

Vintage

2011

Alcohol

13.5%

Size

75cl

 

Grapes are hand-harvested before fermentation in demi-muids (600L barrels). The wine is then Aged on fine lees for 9 months before ageing in tanks for a further two months. The wine is then lightly filtered before ageing in bottle for at least 6 months before being released. Not much else to say about this than wow. Rich and fatty this is a wine for white Burgundy lovers. Sublime.

Notes on the producer

If it wasn’t for Antoine Abbatucci, most of the grapes now grown by Jean-Charles, Antoine’s son, may 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 an ampelographic station and saved the fate of 18 of them. When Jean-Charles took over in 2000 he converted the estate to biodynamic. He then began to graft some of these old varieties onto their existing vines. Today, 14 of those varieties can be found at Domaine Abbatucci, situated in the Taravo Valley of Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica. The estate produces around 1,500 bottles of each type of wine so get them whilst you can. There are now 18 hectares of vines, punctuated by shrubs and olive trees 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 biodynamics. In the winter, sheep and tiger cows graze the land. The cows are bred by Jean-Charles’s brother, Jacque, and eaten at the restaurant run by their other brother, Henri.


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