France: Corsica

Northern Corsica

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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Domaine d’E Croce

Address: Morta Piana, 20232 Poggio d’Oletta
Tel: 04 95 30 72 33  Fax: 04 95 30 72 33
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 42:40:11N (42.669683)    Longitude: 9:20:41E (9.344594) 

Since he left the family domaine to create his own vineyard, Yves Leccia has been using a tiny wine cellar in the nearby village of Poggio d’Oletta. That he has been able to make beautifully textured, elegant wines demonstrates that a good winemaker doesn’t need a lot of equipment, however from the 2010 harvest, he finally has a modern, well-equipped cellar built adjacent to his vineyard. None of his wines see any oak, and they’re much the better for it. He makes a very satisfying white blend of Ugni Blanc and Vermentinu; the Ugni Blanc adds good acidity, while the Vermentinu balances it with delicate fruit flavours and mouth-filling roundness. Leccia, with an oenology degree from Montpellier, makes an equally good pure Vermentinu, a Nielluccio rosé that is among Corsica's best, and a brace of reds - the Cuvée YL, a Vin de Pays that is 80% Grenache with 20% Nieulluccio, and a pure Nielluccio, with a nicely-structured palate, supple tannins and a long, elegant mouth feel, that will age magnificently. Along with his entrepreneurial partner-in-life, Sandrine, who comes from an Alsatian wine family, he has opened a wine bar by the port in St-Florent, La Mer à Boire (04 95 32 56 15), open every day from June to August, 11.30 – 18.30.

Useful information: The tasting room is open June - October,  Monday – Saturday, 09.00–13.00 and 15.00-19.00. On Sundays, and November - May, call for an appointment. Contact Sandrine on 06 75 95 39 25.


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