Sant Armettu, Rosumarinu Rouge 2020
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Paul Seroin and his dad Lucien founded the domaine in 1964 in Sant’Armettu, in the south of Corsica, with son Gilles joining him in 1996. The vineyards are based on rugged hills a few miles inland from the seaside town of Propriano. The name of the estate refers to the legend of a Corsican Saint Hermit, who was passionate about plants and their healing powers.
The grapes for this wine are destemmed and sorted. Pre-fermentation maceration is between 12-16°C. There’s a light punching down, then traditional vinification. Ageing is in 100% stainless steel vats.
This is made from the Sciaccerelli (known as Mammolo in Tuscany) grape variety, which is named after the Corsican for Rosemary – it buds late and ripens late and grows well on the granitic soils near Sartène. This is ruby red, with a silky mouth feel of red fruit, herbs, white pepper and a slight gamey flavour. Eat with BBQ food or charcuterie.
Sant’Armettu is organic, and they are introducing biodynamic practices.