Jancis Robinson: 15.5/20 Very pale rose pink. Very light nose that’s tad industrial. But there is no shortage of refined fruit on the palate and the finish, modern winemaking, is not too sudden.
Producer: Domaine Terra Vecchia
Wine: 2017 Corse Rose
Varietals: 55% Niellucci, 45% Syrah
Nose: Aromas of white and yellow fleshed fruits (pears, peaches), raspberries, wild Maquis flowers and violets.
Palate: Very fine and delicate with a lovely tension which adds freshness. A basket of delicious fresh fruit with a hint of grapefruit on the long finish.
Food: Excellent companion with slightly spicy dishes in a cream sauce or white white meats.
Cellaring: Drink now
Domaine Terra Vecchia - Costa Serena region of Corsica
Vineyard between the mountains (2500 metres at their peak) and the “Diana Lagoon” and stretch across the gently sloping hills of two very different terroirs; the mountainous terroir of the plateau de Pianiccia and the maritime terroir of the coastal strip. This unique environment allows the vines to capture the incredible luminosity of the Mediterranean sun yet benefit from the influence of the mountains at night to produce grapes which are bright in colour and bursting in flavour. The contrasting effects of the altitude and the Tyrrhenian Sea result in wines which show remarkable complexity and a distinctive character.
Terra Vecchia means "Ancient Lands" in Corsican. The estate mostly lies on the edge of the Etang de Diana and its vineyards are classified IGP and AOP Corse. In the area nearest the sea, the poor, filtering, silt and sand soil and the obvious coastal influence are ideal for growing many native and international grape varieties: Nielluciu, Sciaccarellu, Vermentinu, Aromatique Biancogentile (an old local variety, far too often grubbed up in Corsica and replaced with Muscat but which Jean-François Renucci replants immediately). These all thrive alongside Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, the Cabernets, Cinsault and Muscat of Alexandria. This diverse range of varietals enables the crafting of numerous blends and produces a wide range of highly aromatic and refreshing wines.
In 2011 Jean-François Renucci purchased the estate. He owned the neighboring vineyards on the east coast of Corsica and wanted to bring a new dimension to the Corsican wine industry. In his quest for excellence he replanted the whole vineyard with island grape varieties using ultra modern techniques and surrounded himself with a young, competent and dynamic team.