Some very interesting Corsican wines
I was invited by SERVE – producer of Terra Romana and Cuvee Charlotte – this week at a preview tasting just before the starting of Goodwine fair on FRI. The purpose was to see the feedback of wine journalists and wine bloggers to a couple of wines produced in Corsica by Comte Guy de Poix domain. Most likely these wines will be available on the Romanian market in the near future.
The introduction was made with a white 2011 Chardonnay Terra Romana, fully fermented in oak barrels, that unfortunately was served a bit too warm and did not put it on a good light. Will try it again at the FRI’s Goodwine fair.
Next we were served the two Corsican wines that were the main objective of this tasting. I confess that, probably just like the other people invited, I had no idea about the grapes grown in Corsica, nor about any of the wines produced there. So it was exciting to experience such wines.
The wines of Domaine Comte Peraldi come from Ajaccio AOC situated on the South-East part of Corsica, and the grapes used are both the indigenous Sciaccarellu, as Carignan and Grenache Niellucciu Cinsault.The wines have very nice Burgundian like labels.
When I found out that we are going to try Corsican wines, I was expecting dark colored, extracted and powerful wines, similar to the South of France regions. But I could not be more wrong. The domain started to produce wines from 1965 and we tasted two wines from the 2009 vintage.
The 2009 Domaine Peraldi rouge Ajaccio ( 60% Sciaccarellu, 30% Grenache Niellucciu Cinsault and 10% Carignan) is darker in color and the Grenache influence is rather pronounced both in its aromas as in the mouth filling. It is however silky, balanced and very easy to drink. This wine was aged for 6 months in oak barrels. Estimated maturity in 2013. 13.5% alc.
The 2009 Domaine Peraldi Clos du Cardinal Ajaccio – 98% Sciaccarellu aged for 18 months in new oak and 1 and 2 years old oak barrels – is produced only in the exceptional years by Christophe George, the domain’s winemaker. It was produced for the first time in 1986 and it is designed to give the best of what Sciaccarellu can offer. The color is evolved, red ruby with a pronounced brick rim. Intense and developed nose, it exhibits aromas of sweet spices, elegant oak, almonds and pure ripe red fruits. Medium body, well balanced, really silky texture and lively on the palate, the wine surprises with its vibrant red fruit, elegance and nice purity. Medium long, with almost completely dissolved tannins and fragrant finish. The oak is very well blended already and the wine has a really good drink-ability. Estimated peak in 2024 provided by the producer. 14.5% alc (88-89/100)
The domain produces another two wines: a white from 100% Vermentinu and a rose.