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2020, VDF "Faustine" Domaine Abbatucci

REGION Corsica, France

GRAPE Sciacarello, Nielluccio

ALC. 14.5%

TERROIR Granitic sand with a North/North-West orientation

Fresh - Vibrant - Elegant

This is a stunning biodynamic red wine, with class and style. Abbatucci's wines are strikingly fresh and vibrant with a mouthwatering acidity.

Grapes are hand-harvested and fermentation happens in concrete and wooden tanks. Ageing on fine lees for 6 months. Lightly filtered. 

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The acidity of the wine is what gives them longevity and makes them so fresh and drinkable. The flavours of the Faustine Red are unique, Corsica has its own flavour, somehow both southern French and Italian at the same time.

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 you’ll have to hurry if you want to experience the unique qualities of grapes that were raised from the dead.

CHEESE PAIRING

Try this with Sinodun Hill goat's cheese.