A 2018 Domain ‘Alzipratu Corsican red blend from Corse Calvi this evening:
On TWS website it cites Sangiovese (aka Niellucciu in Corsica) as the grape, but having looked at the Domaine’s website, it is actually a blend of Niellucciu, Sciacarellu (which apparently means ‘crunchy’ – a grape that thrives on granite soils), Grenache and Syrah.
I tasted this at my French wine scholar a few months ago, and was really taken with it. Glad it’s as good as I remember it, if not better. This is the sort of red me and the other half love, one that is fruity (red fruit in this instance), but that ultimately has a savoury edge.
It is a very pale ruby in the glass, and the nose has notes of cherry pie, wild berries, dried herbs, dusty gravel and mocha. On the palate, the initial attack is fruity and smooth (red berries, cherry) but then savoury, more herbaceous notes creep in, as well as a touch of black pepper. Tannins are grainy but smooth, acidity is medium + and the finish lingers, with notes of bakewell tart, spice and dried herbs.
It has definitely got the capacity to age - there’s good structure and enough acidity to keep it going for a few more years, so I’m tempted to get a couple more to see how it would taste with a bit more age to it. Fantastic value for money, if you like this sort of red!