80% Niellucciu, 20% Grenache


"If any region in the world is coming for the crown worn by Bandol rosé, it is Corsica, where Yves Leccia, Anne Amalric, Jean-Charles Abbatucci, and Yves Canarelli—to name just a few all-stars—are making serious, yet hedonistic wines across the island. Leccia grows the grapes for this Patrimonio rosé in E Croce, a beautiful hillside vineyard that faces the Gulf of Saint-Florent, where his best terroir consists of clay, limestone, and schist. Everything about this blend of mostly Niellucciu—essentially Corsican Sangiovese—and some Grenache exudes elegance. Here is a challenge: wait two minutes after your first taste to take another; notes of grapefruit, orange rind, subtle red berries, and flowers linger for an incredibly long, mouthwatering finish. After that, if you’re like me, you won’t be able to wait so long between sips, and you will surrender to the stunning finesse and structure that define this rosé from northern Corsica. I hope they’re watching the throne in Bandol. Summer is coming." - Kermit Lynch, Importer

2018 Yves Leccia, Patrimonio, Corsica