If you look at a map of Corsica, you'll find that importer Kermit Lynch has star producers at every orientation of the island. Marquiliani in the east, Arena in the north, and Abbatucci in the west. Sitting with Lynch at his picnic table over the summer in Provence presented an introduction to perhaps my greatest Corsican discovery to date.
 
 
Corsica's diversity is wide-ranging, but these windswept vineyards along the Mediterranean coast produce wines that harness the abundant sun with undeniable sea-breeze and mineral tones—a style that's simply peerless when we enter this genre of dead-serious regal wines.

Yves Canarelli took over his family's domaine in 1993 and converted their parcels to organic and biodynamic farming. Many of the growers in Yves' village planted international varieties. His decision to tear these out and replant native grapes, like Sciaccarellu and Niellucciu, wasn't met with the type of admiration you'd expect from locals. But with conviction on his side, Yves has slowly become respected throughout Corsica. The reach of Canarelli's wines quickly swept through France, and now, the U.S. has taken notice.