Domaine U Stiliccionu 'Sottu Scala' Ajaccio AOC 2015

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Domaine U Stiliccionu 'Sottu Scala' Ajaccio AOC 2015
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Country France
Region Corsica
Appellation/Sub-Region Ajaccio AOC
Grapes Sciaccarellu
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Certified Biodynamic, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan

We’re not fluent in Corsican, but this 'Sottu Scala' could very well be a long-lost relative of Brunello di Montalcino, estranged on an island in the Ligurian Sea. Let's start with Corsica, the place where this wine is grown. Though one of the 18 regions of France, Corsica maintains its own unique (wine) culture, with bottles as delicious as the names are hard to pronounce.

Domaine U Stiliccionu, one of only five certified biodynamic wineries in Corsica, is headed by rising star Sebastien Poly who inherited the small estate from his parents. His ‘Sottu Scala’, or ‘Under The Stairs’ - a reference for where this wine can be aged - is made from the last picked sciaccarellu grapes, as Sebastien wants to push phenolic maturity. Grapes are foot-trodden and maceration lasts for about 45 days in demi muid. The wine ages in neutral oak until it is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without the addition of sulfites.

This is Sebastien’s most structured, age-worthy cuvée, and the 2015 is just beginning to sing: high-toned, macerated black cherry mingles with forest floor and whiffs of worn-in leather. The tannin is only slightly grippy, but mostly integrated, and acidity is bright, which tells us this wine can go for a long haul. The 2015 is drinking spot-on right now, especially when paired with robust wintry dishes like tagliatelle with duck ragu or braised pork shank (stinco di maiale).

Certified biodynamic, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.