Domaine Terra Vecchia

Terra Vecchia vineyards (meaning ancient land in Corsican) mostly edges between the Mediterranean sea and the Pianiccia foothills in the Costa Serena region, east coast of Corsica.

Originally planted in 1961 by Francis Skalli, the domaine was purchased in 2011 by Jean Francois Renucci. He immediately replanted a quarter of the domaine with anhigher density of 5,200 vines per hectare, rebuilt the trellises and brought in a flock of sheep to graze and nourish the vineyard naturally.

The domaine covers five hundred acres planted with native grapes such as Nielluciu, Sciaccarellu, Vermentinu, Biancogentile (an aromatic local variety) alongside more international ones such as Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cinsault and Chardonnay.

This diverge range of varietals enables the crafting of numerous blends.

The Clos Poggiale, classified AOP Corse, differs from the rest of the vineyards lying by the seaside and under the IGP Corse denomination, in terms of soil which is a deeper mix of granite and red clay. This vineyard covers an area of about seventy-five acres of various parcels and tends to produce more mineral wines.

Terra Vecchia and Clos Poggiale, the two domaine brands and distinct vineyards are characterized by their own well-defined style. Where Terra Vecchia sandy-clay mix soil bring softness and fruitiness to the wines, the Clos poggiale meanwhile develops more structured and powerful wines.

Philosophy

With the help and expertise of Denis Dubourdieu, Jean Francois modernized the winery. Of prime importance were a thermo-regulation of all the vats and a re-design of the cooling system. Concrete tanks were kept for their excellent temperature retention but their lining was redone completely.

The mechanical harvest is done mainly at night to preserve freshness

A cold skin soaking is done for the white wines before pressing and fermented at low temperature. It ages in concrete tanks on its lees for a few months.

The Vermentinu (60%) – Chardonnay (40%) blend shows strong aromas of citrus, lime and boxwood with a touch of mint.

The Terra Vecchia rosé is made of Niellucciu (60%) – Syrah (40%).

The grapes are direct-pressed and fermented at low temperature.

Clean wine exulting raspberry and strawberry aromas mixed with fine spices.

Long-lingering finish.

The terra Vecchia rouge, a blend of 50% each of Nielluciu and Merlot, undergo a skin contact soaking before being gently pressed. Each varietal is fermented separately for two to three weeks and then aged in tanks before the final blend is made.

Soft and smooth wine, ripe fruit with chocolate notes, candied-fruit and sweet spices aromas.