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Marquiliani's rosé of Sciaccarellu from the east coast of Corsica is, personally, the most highly anticipated rosé release of the year. There's a wide range of rosés I buy annually, and I even have favorite pairings for each, but the one that's captured my heart for many years, above all, is this pale copper-hued, diamond-cut gem.
Along with her father, Anne Almaric tends the minuscule two hectares of vines that her family took over in the 1950s. There was a 20-year span where this 200-year-old domaine had remained abandon. Daniel was a pioneer, the first to plant Sciaccarellu on the eastern side of the island. Anne's agricultural chemistry background lent a keen eye toward viticulture, and the vines have prospered under her watch. Here, every single grape grown is destined to be rosé.
The native Sciaccarellu grape is grown here on decomposed granite terraces a couple of miles from the Mediterranean and just below the towering 8,000 foot Mount Renosu—ensuring cool breezes to balance out the island's hot summer temperatures.
Le Rosé de Pauline is comprised of 50% Syrah, 40% Sciaccarellu, and 10% Vermentino. It's a touch broader on the palate but counter-intuitively paler in color than the Vin de Corse. Even with Syrah's more prominent role here, this is still rosé at its most featherweight and saline-driven.
Marquiliani lies on the extreme edge of the rosé landscape. It's wickedly precise with an undeniable laser-like focus through its finish. Mouth-watering and mineral-infused, with a texture that's so fine that if you think too hard on it, it may just vanish completely. The fruit spectrum is very much in the citrus realm, with grapefruit, faint passion fruit, and jasmine.
Corsicans don't let much of this leave the island, so I bring in as much as possible when given the opportunity each year.