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Jean-Charles Abbatucci

Jean-Charles Abbatucci is the man at the head of this historic estate in southern Corsica, in the heart of the Taravo valley. Domaine Comte Abbatucci’s 18 hectares have been cultivated biodynamically since 2000, certified by DEMETER. The environment surrounding its vineyards is exceptional, if not unique, in Corsica. Which is also why the site was chosen to host the Isle of Beauty’s conservatory of ancient grape varieties. A treasure which the estate exploits marvellously, sublimating its primary grapes Vermentino, Sciacarello and Nielluccio, but also other, far rarer white grapes like Barbarossa, Biancone, Rossola Brandinca, Brustiano, Genovese, Rossola Bianca, Bianco Gentile, Carcajolo Bianco, Paga Debbiti, Riminese, and such red grapes as Morescola, Morescono, Aleatico, Carcajolo Nera, Montanaccia, and Minustello. This unique ensemble of vines is impeccably cultivated: green cover, hand picking, low yields, preserving indigenous yeasts... The grass between the rows is even tended to by a flock of sheep, which grazes in the vineyard all winter.

In short, the Abbatucci recipe is simple: healthy grapes from unique varieties, and respectful vinification withoutartificeIt’s what you’d expect from a family that has been winemaking for more than a century. But the renown of the Abbatucci name has never been limited to the wine world. It’s also a family whose members have frequently marked the history of Corsica: two generals in French Revolution (Jean-Pierre and Jean-Charles), a minister of justice under Napoléon III (Jacques-Pierre-Charles), a deputy attorney general of the Paris court of appeals, a deputy for Corsica (Jean-Charles), followed by interminable list of other generals and deputies… So yes, that symbol on the bottle (a crown hanging over images of a golden lion rampant against the trunk of a silver tree, and a stone tower mounted by an eagle) is the actual coat of arms of a proud, noble family – which happens to make marvellous wine!

Jean-Charles Abbatucci
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