This is Vermentino coming from south and southeast-facing parcels with schist and sandy soils. This is a delicious representation of the Vermentinu grape, with its stone fruits and minerality.
Domaine Vico, the only vineyard located in Corsica’s interior, is located a one-hour drive south of St-Florent. The vineyard setting is magnificent, between 300 and 400m in altitude, with nearby peaks rising to 2,200m. In the summer growing season, daytime temperatures can reach 35°C, while at night they can drop to below 15°C. Domaine Vico has two parcels of vines. The 80ha around Ponte Leccia, which has two distinct soil types (one section, river pebbles and sandy-clay, the other, mostly clay and limestone, interspersed with schist), is planted with Vermentinu, Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu, Grenache and Syrah. The domaine’s Clos Venturi parcel is 5km away, 100m higher up the mountain, and located on schist-laden slopes with a south, southeastern exposure. This is at the limit of the winemaking zone in Corsica; winter temperatures at this altitude can drop to -10°C at night. The effect of this terroir, along with lower yields, hand-harvesting in multiple passages, and more careful winemaking is startling
A mountainous, Mediterranean island covered in vineyards, Corsica, while closer to Italy in proximity and history, is today under France's political jurisdiction. The island is home to a mix of Italian and French grapes, typically planted at high elevations. Niellucciu (Sangiovese), Sciacarellu (Mammolo), and Vermentino (Rolle) are the main grape varieties of Corsica, and account for about two thirds of all Corsican wines produced.
A fantastic, aromatic white grape that grows with great success in Sardinia, Tuscany and in lesser proportions on the island of Corsica. Somm Secret—Vermentino is thought to be genetically identical to Liguria’s Pigato grape and Peidmont’s Favorita. It comprises a large proportion of the whites in southern France where it is called Rolle.