The 2022 Clos Alivu ‘Patrimonio’ Rosé has been our most popular French rosés of for several years in a row now. Clos Alivu is a tiny family-owned and operated winery on the island of Corsica just off the coast of France in the Mediterranean Sea. The history of Corsica bounces back and forth between France and Italy: Napoleon Bonaparte was born here in the first year the island was ceded to France in 1769. This island has become a hotbed for rosé in recent years and the mountainous island is home to old vine vineyards of Nielluccio, the local name for Sangiovese. This is the main grape for many of the best examples, including today’s wine. This small domain is farmed organically with no pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Owner/winemaker Eric Poli crafts this gorgeous rosé from an old vine plot of Nielluccio in the heart of Patrimonio, the top appellation on the island. The soils are Petra Bianca which is a unique blend of calcareous limestone, schist, and clay which imparts a gorgeous minerality to this Rosé. All stainless steel fermented and hand-harvested: this is some serious rosé! Pale salmon color, this wine leaps out of the glass with strawberry, mineral-laced pear, and watermelon notes. Electrically vibrant on the palate, this rosé is like a chalky watermelon that just exudes wet stones and summer raspberry as it spins into a clean and dry finish.
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