2018 Yves Leccia Patrimonio Rosé

$29

80% Niellucciu, 20% Grenache from the Island of Corsica.

There is something flirtatious and charming about this rosé. It is mineral driven with a hint of strawberry, blood orange, white flowers and sweet smoke.

Pair with goat cheese and vegetable tartine

 

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Corsica, France

Although closer to Italy, Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean Sea that has been under French rule since 1769 and considered alongside the other 26 regions of France. Corsica offers a variety of wines from dry white wines to subtle rosé’s and light reds; Generally made to be sipped young, chilled, and sitting on their world-renown picturesque beaches. Corsica’s influence from being close to Italy certainly shows as two of their predominant wines are the Italian classic grapes, Vermentino and Sangiovese. Even with a Mediterranean climate, winemakers here have expanded their diverse portfolio’s with grapes including Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Carignan. Key Corsica wine districts are Ajaccio, Patrimonio, Calvi, Sartene, Porto-Vecchio, Coteaux-du-Cap-Corse, Muscat-du-Cap-Corse, and Figari; All featuring their own winemaking styles. Enjoy these lovely Corsican wines as aperitifs or as an accompaniment to your Mediterranean meal. 

Yves Leccia has a certain presence and noble bearing to him, much like his wines. In France they have often been referred to as the “Rolls-Royce” of Corsican wines, a reputation earned after nearly 30 years of making consistently elegant and sophisticated wines.

Raised in a small village in the heart of Patrimonio, Yves worked alongside his father in the vines and cellar at the earliest age he could. The Leccias have been making wine from some of the finest terroirs of Patrimonio for countless generations, and there was never the least doubt in Yves’ mind that he would continue the tradition. Originally working alongside his sister, he decided to branch off on his own in 2004 and focus on the single terroir he felt was the top in Patrimonio. This terroir, “E Croce,” sits on a thin chalk soil above a thick bedrock of pure schist, facing the gulf of St. Florent. Yves is a firm believer in the idea that if you want something done right you need to do it yourself, and thus he tends to his vines alone and works the cellar by himself as well. He keeps his yields low, knows when to harvest, and knows how to let E Croce express itself in the wines. Not a single bottle comes out of the domaine that isn’t meticulously looked after from start to finish.

In Corsica, Yves is celebrated not only for his wines, but also for being a founding member of A Filetta, a legendary and proudly nationalistic Corsican polyphonic singing group. Spend some time with Yves and you won’t hear him boast or even talk much about his accomplishments. His name, Leccia, is Corsican for Oak. The name is ironic if you look at Yves wines, given that he’s never had his wine touch a single oak barrel and has never allowed wood to enter his cellar. The name is less ironic if you look at Yves himself, with his stoic manner and understated personality.

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