Browsing #winestagram you’ll see pictures posted of familiar, if hard to procure, bottles by the likes of Domaine Jamet, Richard Leroy, and Château Rayas lined up after a baller wine dinner. Occasionally, sharp-eyed winos will spot an unknown label amongst the prestigious names that’ll make them stop what they’re doing so they can hunt down the next cult-in-the-making. The latest of which is Domaine de Vaccelli.
A small family winery responsible for leading Corsica’s viticultural renaissance since the 1960s, Alain Courrèges and his son, Gérard, have established Vaccelli as the name to watch on the island. Their 20ha of indigenous old vines on Ajaccio’s rugged, granitic hillsides have become the benchmark for the appellation.
Vaccelli’s whites match sumptuous weight with ripe Amalfi lemon notes and pin-sharp mineral definition. Kissed by the Mediterranean climate, its reds are generous yet delicate and ethereal, accessible in youth yet built to age gracefully.
In the same vein as domaines like Lamy-Caillat and Gonon, interest in Vaccelli’s wines has skyrocketed recently. This is the first time these wines have been made available in the UK and Shrine to the Vine can offer a handful of bottles of each cuvée.
Vaccelli Blanc 2019 Sold out
Vermentinu from the estate’s coolest sites. Powerful lemon and floral notes with mouth-watering, saline minerality.
Vaccelli Granit Blanc 2019 Sold out
Old-vine Vermentino from the estate’s highest vineyards overlooking the sea. Chamomile tea, yellow fruit and smoky citrus over a mineral-rich core – sublime.
Vaccelli Unu Rouge 2018 Sold out
92% Sciaccarellu, 4% Carcaghjolu Neru, 4% Minustellu. Vaccelli’s hallmark floral-fruit character mixed with sous bois on a silky frame.
Vaccelli Rouge 2018 Sold out
From three different plots of old-vine Sciaccarellu. Generous, mineral-laced red fruit – delicate and harmonious.
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