"Field blend of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sylvaner, Muscat d'Alsace (white and red), Muscat à Petit Grain, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Traminer, Chasselas, Chasselas Rose. Residual sugar for 2009 of 70g/l." --importer Becky Wasserman
"J.L. Chave Selection is the negociant label of Jean-Louis Chave, the doyen of Hermitage wine. Under the Selections label, Jean-Louis produces two Hermitages, one red and one white. The white Hermitage, called "Blanche," comes mainly from the lieu-dit 'Maison Blanch' which sits atop the hill of Hermitage."
The name of the wine comes from the history of the family: Don Jacques Pascal Abbatucci was a childhood friend of Napoleon Bonaparte, served under the Empire and spent several years as a diplomat in Naples.
Duline is a husband and wife team. In the late 90's Lorenzo inherited his grandfather's vineyards, largely in disrepair, but planted to extremely old vines. He and his wife, Federica, have remained committed to the practice of bio-dynamics since they took over the winery. Morus Alba comes from old vines. Sauvignon and Malvasia are partially co-fermented and the result is a complex elegant and focused wine. Some part of the Malvasia is always fermented separately and is used to balance the alcohol and richness of the wine. 60% Malvasia Istriana, 40% Sauvignon
"Corsicans are proud defenders of their traditions and environment, and with Abbatucci they indulge guilt-free. His wines are certified biodynamic, and he believes in following even the most far-out biodynamic practices to the letter. On his large estate south of Ajaccio he keeps a pristine poly-culture ecosystem in place, complete with herds of sheep foraging through his vines, groves of olive trees on ancient terraces, and large swaths of untouched forests.
The Collection wines all come from a single parcel planted in the early 1960's. At the time, several villages farmed old vines of indigenous varieties that were left abandoned as the population left. To save these varieties from extinction, Abbatucci took cuttings of each threatened vineyard he came across and planted the cuttings on his estate near Ajaccio, in a single plot of granite soil. Racy and fresh, with lemon curd, honeysuckle, white peach and shortbread notes backed by lemon pulp and citrus oil hints on the finish. 25% Carcajolu Biancu, 25% Paga Debbiti, 20% Riminese, 15% Rossola Brandica, 10% Biancone, 5% Vermentinu." --importer Kermit Lynch