Wine regions of Calvi, Patrimonio and the Cap Corse
By Tom Fiorina
This Guide was last updated on 18 July 2013
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Address: 'E Prove' (D13),
Tel: 04 95 61 72 11 Fax: 04 95 61 80 16
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 42:34:17N (42.571389) Longitude: 8:55:1E (8.916944)
The Domaine Maestracci is located at 170 metres in altitude. The vineyard’s sandy-clay soil was scraped off of the 1,900m-high Monte Grossu by a glacier during the island’s prehistoric past. This ancient moraine is in a valley surrounded on all four sides by high granite mountains, creating a microclimate that is characterised by hot, dry days and cool evenings. Michel Raoust (originally from the Rhône region of France) now runs the domaine, which was started by his wife’s grandfather in 1893. He makes a variety of wines to fit different budgets and tastes. The premium AC Corse-Calvi red and white wines are called Villa Maestracci. The red is a blend of Nieulluciu, Grenache and Syrah from selected parcels that, after a long maceration, spend one year in stainless steel vats followed by one year in oak barrels. The 100%Vermentinu white undergoes an initial, cold maceration to extract maximum flavour and body and to increase its ageing potential before undergoing a first fermentation in oak barrels, followed by a second fermentation, still in oak barrels, over fine lees. The wine is then placed in stainless steel vats to preserve its fresh, fruity character. Raoust also makes a red, white and rosé entry-level wine called Clos Reginu, and a higher-priced red, white and rosé wine, E Prove. The Domaine Maestracci’s wines are as equally impressive as the view of the surrounding mountains. Particularly noteworthy is the E Prove white with its fascinating smoky notes, chiselled minerality, mouth-filling fullness, and tasty herbal flavours.
Useful information: The tasting room is open June – August, Monday - Saturday 09.00–13.00 and 15.00-19.00. On Sundays, and from September - May, call for an appointment. English spoken.
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