Comte Abbatucci - 'Cuvée Faustine Rouge' Vieilles Vignes 2011 (1 Remaining!)
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Picture the island of Corsica, southeast of France and just west of Italy. Cerulean waters. Cloudless skies. Now picture a pure, biodynamic, and ethereal red wine. This is Cuvée Faustine, and its made of the local grapes Sciaccarellu and Niellucciu (a cousin of Sangiovese).
This is a wine for sunny days by the sea and laughter-filled nights. Aromas of blood oranges, oregano, and flint are complemented by the taste of sweet cranberries and that freshness we love in our reds.
Annual Production: 10,000 btls per year
Blend: 70% Sciaccarellu, 30% Niellucciu
Winemaking: Fermented 10 months in concrete vats
Certification: Demeter (2000)
Drinking Window: 2014-2020
93 Points The Wine Advocate
"Abbatucci’s 2011 Ajaccio Faustine – a roughly 70-30 blend of Sciacarellu and Niellucciu – intensely delivers a wealth of floral and herbal notes (especially marjoram and thyme) both in the nose and on a vibrant, buoyant, silken-textured palate. Ripe cherry and strawberry serve for a juicy fundament, while black pepper, smoky black tea, iodine, and mineral salts lend saliva-inducement and pungent invigoration to an exhilarating and mouthwatering finish. I expect this to remain impressive through at least 2018." - David Schildknecht
93 Points James Suckling
When Jean-Charles Abbatucci makes wine, he goes all out. This is biodynamic with a capital B. There are groves of ancient olive trees, herds of sheep grazing through his vineyards, and pristine forests along his winery. All his wines are from indigenous grapes that are impossible to pronounce. But my, are they incredible.
Abbatucci is easily the most famous name from Corsica. These wines were distributed across the United States by the great importer Kermit-Lynch, and provide a perfect marriage of French and Italian style.