• All Eyes on Southern Corse:  Clos Canarelli Figari Blanc & Rosé

    All Eyes on Southern Corse: Clos Canarelli Figari Blanc & Rosé

    If you look at a map of Corsica you'll find that importer Kermit Lynch has a tremendous star at every orientation of the island. Marquiliani on the east, Arena in the north, and Abbatucci to the west. But, sitting with Lynch at his picnic table over summer in Provence presented a great intro to perhaps the greatest Corsican discovery to date.

    Clos Canarelli from the obscure Figari appellation on the southern tip was a revelation unlike any before. For those who gravitate toward saline-infused Mediterranean whites and rosés, the duo featured here has no rival. 

    Today, I'm happy to offer the just-landed 2018 Clos Canarelli Figari Blanc and Rosé for $49 and $35, respectively.


    Corsica's diversity is wide-ranging, but it's these wind-swept vineyards along the Mediterranean coast that produce wines harnessing the abundant sun with an undeniable sea-breeze and mineral tone. A style that's simply peerless when we enter this genre of dead-serious regal wines.

    The white (100% Vermentino) melds green apple, white peach, and almond notes with a pulverized rocky core. The rosé (
    50% Sciaccarellu, 30% Niellucciu, 20% Grenache) brings the same underlying tension of minerality, with faint strawberry and pomegranate traits, all wrapping up with a lingering salty persistence. 

    Yves Canarelli took over his family's domaine in 1993, converting these 5th century B.C. parcels to organic and biodynamic. Many of the vineyards around his village of Tarabucetta had been planted to international varieties over the years. His immediate action of tearing these out and replanting with native grapes like Sciaccarellu and Niellucciu was not met with the type of admiration from locals you might expect. With conviction on his side he's now slowly become widely respected throughout Corsica. Butthe reach of Canarelli's wines quickly swept through France and now the US has taken notice.

    At the Los Angeles trade tasting it was Clos Canarelli that stole the show. Kermit Lynch's portfolio throughout Provence and Corsica is filled with the top talents. Since Marquiliani's rosé became allocated in small quantities I knew it was wise to go deep on Clos Canarelli before it falls prey to the same fate.
    Posted by Alexander Rosen