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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Address: Cave de la Signoria, Route de la Forêt de Bonifato, 20260 Calvi
Tel: 06 19 85 16 39 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 42:32:7N (42.535286)    Longitude: 8:46:57E (8.782492) 

English-Irish winemaker Richard Spurr is the first foreigner to create a vineyard in Corsica. Spurr feel in love with the Calvi area following a holiday there, and began working with several local winemakers, including Etienne Suzzoni of Clos Colombu and Pierre Acquaviva of Domaine d’Alzipratu. In 2007, he purchased a parcel of 20 to 40-year-old vines of his own near the Calvi airport. Spurr has planted an addition 3ha of vines, and he has plans to plant another 5ha. In total he has 16ha of Sciaccarellu, Niellucciu, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache and Vermentinu. Spurr has only made two vintages here, but the results are astonishing. His old, long-neglected Vermentinu vines only produced a yield of 10hl/ha in 2007 and 15hl/ha the following year. Rich with green apple and peach aromas, round and mouth-filling (thanks to 9 months on its lees), golden yellow in colour, this white wine might be mistaken for Chablis. His 2008 red, 60% Grenache, 30% Niellucciu and 10% Carignan, is a concentrated wine with notes of cherries, followed by tobacco and maquis. A beautiful deep red colour, with a silky smooth texture, and a long final of tasty tannins might have you thinking that you’re drinking a Châteauneuf du Pape. Spurr is making excellent wines, but it’s uncertain how they’ll be viewed in the context of other wines from Calvi.

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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