France: Corsica

Southern Corsica

Wine regions of Ajaccio, Sartène, Figari and Porto-Vecchio
By Tom Fiorina

This Guide was last updated on 18 July 2013
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Domaine Fiumicicoli

Address: Route de Levie, 20100 Sartène
Tel: 04 95 76 14 08  Fax: 04 95 76 24 24
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 41:39:6N (41.65952)    Longitude: 9:0:3E (9.00433) 

Domaine Fiumicicoli is located in the AC Corse-Sartène. A 13th century Genoese bridge, the Pont de Spin’a Cavallu (pictured on the wine label), which spans the Rizzanese river, lies close by to the D268 road that runs in front of the vineyard. Either Félix Andreani or his son Simon will receive you at this superb, 40-ha property. The vineyards rise up from the slopes of the river on sandy-granitic soil that is ideally suited for the traditional Corsican grape varieties that are used to make the red, white and rosé Fiumicicoli wines. The white has a pale, straw-colour, with a ripe-fruit and a silky finish. The red Cuvée Vassilia, which is 80% Niellucciu and 20% Syrah, needs time to digest the oak in which it is aged for six months, but it has hints of the maquis (scrubland) along with fine, savoury tannins. They also make two rather unique dessert wines from the native Corsican Muscateddu grape; an unoaked version with delicious red-berry fruit flavours and a grapey, kirsch-like finish, perfect with chocolate desserts; and a fortified, barrel-aged version that has a tawny port-like character, with a hint of orange peel and spice, better with strong cheeses or to sip after dinner.

Useful information: Tasting room open Monday – Saturday 09.00-12.00 and 15.00-18.00.


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