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Color:
White
Body/Type:
Medium Bodied
Style:
Traditional
Size:
Bottle, 750 ml
Winery:
Yves Leccia
Grapes:
Vermentino and Biancu Gentile
Serve At:
50°-54° F
Region:
France > Corsica > Patrimonio

This elegant wine is made from 100% Biancu Gentile, an ancient variety native to Corsica, which for years was presumed to be extinct. It's only thanks to the hard work of winemaker Yves Leccia that we can taste this sophisticated and rare Corsican heirloom variety. There is a beautiful interplay of full and salty with this wine. It is the essence of an island—all bright sunshine, wet sand and salty sea breeze in a glass.

Yves Leccia has devoted an enormous amount of time and resources over the past decade to the development of vineyards planted to massale selections of Corsican heirloom varieties. Many of these varieties were thought to be lost during the post-WWII years when Corsican viticulture was revamped to confirm to what was at the time popular in the rest of France. One of the most fascinating discoveries by Yves was a small block of Biancu Gentile, an ancient variety native to Corsica, which for years was presumed to be extinct. Leccia has slowly nurtured these cuttings, and now has a producing vineyard planted on the rocky, schist soil of Patrimonio. Beginning with the 2010 vintage, the INAO authorities allow Biancu Gentile in IGP wines from Corsica, so they no longer need to be sold as Vin de Pays.

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