The vineyards in the "Vins de Corse" appellation cover nearly 2000 hectares. Depending on the regions and the properties, the proportions of the various grape varieties, combined with the different types of soil, result a range of characteristics that in most cases justify the mentioning of a sub-region, whose name is combined with the appellation (Coteaux du Cap Corse, Calvi, Figari, Porto-Vecchio, Sartène). These wines can be produced anywhere in Corsica, except in the Patrimonio area. The red wines, which account for most of the production, are made from Nielluccio and Sciacarello, combined with Grenache and Syrah. Silky and aromatic, they are quite persistent on the palate. The white wines are light and floral, with a base of Vermentino (or Malvoise de Corse); structured without being aggressive, they present notes of citrus and exotic fruit. Finally the rosés, made from Sciacarello, Nielluccio and Grenache are fresh and direct, with a slightly peppery acidity.
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General : The «bio» designation covers certified wines produced by biodynamic or organic methods, sustainably produced wines, and «environmentally friendly» wines that are not officially certified. These designations apply to recent vintages (the date of certification, if known, is specified in the estate description). See the blog article for more information on this designation.
Biodynamic : The «biodynamic» designation is used for all estates certified as using biodynamic methods, as verified by one of the two official bodies, Demeter or Biodyvin. All wines produced by biodynamic methods are also certified as organic. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Organic : The «organic» designation covers all estates certified as using organic methods, as verified by one of the bodies approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, such as Ecocert. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Sustainable : The «sustainable» designation covers all estates certified as using integrated or High Environmental Value (level 3 Environmental Certification) techniques. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Evironmentally friendly : The «environmentally friendly» designation refers to estates practising environmentally friendly wine-growing techniques, but that have not opted for certification or who are still in the process of converting to organic agriculture or biodynamics. These estates may have adopted biodynamic principles (non-certified) or simply no longer use chemical products. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Natural : Wines which are produced without any added sulfur (or almost any) and with no other inputs. However, given that there is no official body to issue the natural wine label, it is based on winemakers’ statements. This designation applies to recent vintages.