Thursday, August 6, 2009

2008 Union des Vignerons de l'ile de beaute Reserve du President "Cuvee Historique" Vermentinu Corsica France

2008 Union des Vignerons de l'ile de beaute Reserve du President "Cuvee Historique" Vermentinu Corsica France

Corsica is considered one of most beautiful islands in the world, one of the jewels in the heart of the Mediterranean. Engraved by time, the sun, sea, and the wind, all these contrasts, combined with the force of the mountain landscapes to the softness of the plains and the sunny shores. Centuries forged this wild and proud Corsica: one of the oldest wine growing regions in the world.

Corsican people are proud to be Corse, proud of their land, their culture, their language and their history. If it wasn't for the French and other political and geographical issues, the Corse will have probably claimed their independence a long time ago.

Corsica and the Corsicans are simply different. They like for other people to know about it, recognize it and do not question it. Corsica's people and vineyards all express their difference and their diversity drawn from their history.

Corsica, a land of beauty and passion, of hospitality and traditions has been a wine growing island for more than 2600 years.

Union des Vignerons de l'ile de beaute is a large cooperative that encompasses about 1700 hectares of vines and employs around 100 persons. They have two main wine making facilities, one in Aleria and the 2nd one in Casinca, both located in the villages of the same name on the northeastern and central eastern part of the island. The constant search for quality is their main concern.

The restructuration and reorganization of more than 50% of their grape selection and of their vineyards, as well as the consequent investments of the past years in their two centers of wine making of Aléria and of Casinca, have brought major and needed increase in the quality of their wines. The implementation of analysis laboratories, new wine storehouses for breeding and ageing, as well as sterile stations of bottling, show the efforts made in the search for optimal quality year after year by each center of wine making. (find more info on their website at

“Reserve du Président” is carefully chosen from over 1000 vineyard parcels, it is known by its constant quality and regularity, there is really never a bad year for the “Reserve du Président”.

This line of products from "Union des Vignerons de l'ile de beaute" represents the traditional Corsican wine heritage, producing AOC wines made from Vermentinu, Nielliciu and Sciacarellu, which are the most implanted grape varieties on the Corsican island. Chardonnay, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot have also played an important role in making “Réserve du Président" one of the Corsican wine leader for the last 30 years. Their constant quest for quality, their love for their earth and soil are illustrated in their products: charming rosé, attractive whites, our flavourful red, and our fruitful and subtle Muscat.

2008 Union des Vignerons de l'ile de beaute Reserve du President "Cuvee Historique" Vermentinu Corsica France

Suggested retail price $10-$12
Distributed in NYC by Maximilien Selections

This 100% Vermentinu (also called Vermentino in Italy) is a clean, fruity, simple yet pleasant sipper for the summer and roughly any occasions. The nose is fresh and floral with aromas of white flowers and white peach. The light palate follows with pretty much the same features, balanced by a nice acidity and a very enjoyable way of coating the palate. Very easy to drink and versatile, this friendly little white should complement summer vegetable salads, white meats cold cut and simple fish dish. Also great as an aperitif.


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