Clos Fornelli Niellucciu Rouge, Corsica, France 2019
Owner Josée Vanucci and her husband Frabrice Couloumère meticulously farm their vineyards in a unique microclimate that combines Mediterranean sun with cool air from the sea and nearby mountains. Nights in the east are typically cooler thanks to the Castagniccia mountains rising from the sea, shortening sun exposure and thus preserving freshness and aromatics in the wines. Elegant, charming, and unpretentious.
Pairing: red meat and game birds, flank steak, duck, and aged cheeses
Grape: Niellucciu aka Sangiovese & a tiny by of Minustellu
Soil: Ancient alluvium, pebbles produced by erosion of the nearby rock formation (due to Bravone river)