If you aren’t familiar with Corsica, the main event is Patrimonio. This AOC covers 400ha with half of them being owned by the two largest producers, and the other half split up amongst 30 smaller growers. If you haven’t already guessed, Clos Marfisi is part of the latter. Brother and sister, Mathieu and Julie are fifth generation at the helm of this estate, having taken over from their father, Touissant, when Julie returned in 2001, and her brother in 2012, from having careers elsewhere in France.
Patrimonio Rouge “Gritole”: 100% Niellucciu from vines planted in 1990 facing west; all limestone soils in a parcel closer to the austere coastline. Very gentle pressing into stainless for fermentation, with 18 months of élevage in cement. An almost translucent purple in the glass, this is an approachable wine, meant to be consumed in its youth, served slightly chilled.