Domaine Compte Peraldi / Corsica
Captivating and intense wines from a top flight Corsican producer
First planted to vines in the 16th century and under ownership and management by the de Poix family since 1965. "One of the most popular domaines of all Corsica," (La Revue de Vin de France), a focus of the last 15 years has been a push to high quality production. Viticulture is culture raisonnée (no chemicals unless necessary to save a crop), and the principal varieties of the estate are the emblematically Corsican Sciaccarellu and Nielluccio.
The beautiful island of Corsica represents a symbiosis of French and Italian culture as well as wine style; the wines at their best capture a flamboyance of fruit around a depth of structure. Ajaccio is arguably the pinnacle appellation of quality Corsican wine, with the vineyards growing over granitic soils (sand dominates the island's west).
Note: Sciaccarellu (which translates as 'crunchy') is also known as Mammolo when grown in its homeland of Tuscany. Nielluccio is widely considered indigenous to Corsica, though is genetically identical to Sangiovese and was likely brought to the island by the Genoese who ruled until the 18th century (with thanks to 'Wine Grapes', Robinson/Harding/Vouillamoz).