Biodynamic wine grower Jean-Charles Abbatucci is a direct descendent of the general of the same name, a hero of the French Revolution and comrade in arms of Napoléon Bonaparte. Carrying on this revolutionary spirit, albeit in an ironic attempt to preserve history, Jean-Charles left the Ajaccio AOC because the laws did not accommodate the traditional grape varieties native to Corsica itself. The AOC does permit the two grapes in this cuvée from 10-20 year old vines, Sciaccarello (aka Mammolo, 70%) and Niellucciu (aka Sangiovese, 30%). The big two red grapes in Corsica are better known in their Italian homelands, with Mammalo being an underrated beautiful grape with notable floral aromas that deserves to mount a comeback (sometimes spotted in Chianti).
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