Amphora Rouge, Clos Canarelli, Figari, Corsica 2019
Clos Canarelli, Figari
Yves Canarelli is no doubt one of the most gifted Corsican winemakers and renowned worldwide to boot! Using biodynamic methods, he’s a great ambassador of the local grape varieties. Clos Canarelli’s wines symbolise the renewal and vitality of vineyards in the area around Figari. The ‘Terra d’Orasi’ wines exude class and are some of the very best in Corsica. They are seriously amongst the best wines in the portfolio.
Although sparse in quantity, the granite and red alluvial soil at Clos Canarelli is nonetheless rich in minerals. The ever-constant wind from the Gulf of Figari serves as a natural antiseptic for the vines, but can also desiccate the soil. Yves’s choice to convert the domaine to both organic and biodynamic viticulture has made it possible for his wines to display an unusual freshness, complexity, and aromatic intensity that others in Figari have been unable to achieve. In the cellar, Yves only uses indigenous yeasts and prefers slow, deliberate, precise fermentations, leaving his reds unfiltered. Ever the scholar, he also enjoys experimenting with egg-shaped cement tanks (modern-day amphorae) and whole cluster fermentations.
Grape: 80% Nielluccia, 20% Sciaccarellu