Corsica | Between Vermentino and Rolle
Corsica, a mountain planted in the middle of the Mediterranean, is dotted with heavenly beaches and picturesque villages surrounding a central massif. A French territory since 1768, Corsica nevertheless proudly retains its Italian charm and influences, whether in its cuisine, culture or language.
This mixed heritage is most notable in the island’s wine industry. Indeed, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese (locally called Nielluccio), Mourvèdre and Vermentino merrily co-exist on the Île de Beauté! Rolle, a white grape variety from Provence, is known here as Vermentinu, derived from the Italian name, Vermentino. Fond of warm regions with dry and not very fertile soil, and rather unstable when hit by stiff breezes, the Vermentinu vine thrives in Corsica.
The mountains protect it from the wind, while the island’s geographical location ensures full sun exposure. The result: a wine that is a bit pale, but with an intense nose. It shows its full elegance with sweet and slightly acidic flavours on the palate. One would say this wine is the perfect combination of its heritage — Italian intensity with French elegance.
In short, the Vermentinu vine has adapted well to its island climate, and like a certain emperor born on this gorgeous island, it has created a solid bridge between France and Italy.
Try these wines from Corsica
L'ALZETANA BLANC AOP PATRIMONIO ORENGA DE GAFFORY, 2018 - Lot 1488
L'ALZETANA ROUGE AOP PATRIMONIO ORENGA DE GAFFORY, 2016 - Lot 1489
CUVEE DES GOUVERNEURS ROUGE AOP PATRIMONIO ORENGA DE GAFFORY, 2016 - Lot 1490
CUVÉE DES GOUVERNEURS AOP MUSCAT-DU-CAP-CORSE ORENGA DE GAFFORY VIN DOUX NATUREL, 2012 - Lot 1491