Abbatucci Gris Imperial Rose 2013
Light, bright orange. Mineral-laced strawberry and tangerine aromas are complicated by notes of jasmine and succulent herbs. Shows very good clarity and lift to its juicy red fruit, rose pastille and spice flavors, which are given spine by tangy acidity. Finishes pure and linear, with repeating floral and red fruit notes. In the colorful, picturesque city of Ajaccio, capital of Corsica, you can’t get very far without seeing the name Abbatucci. There are streets, monuments and plazas that carry the name, which is normal given that General Jean-Charles Abbatucci from Ajaccio was a hero of the French Revolution and comrade in arms of another local hero, Napoléon Bonaparte. Step into a wine bar or a restaurant there, chances are these days they’ll pour you a glass of Domaine Abbatucci. The domaine is run by Jean-Charles Abbatucci, a direct descendant of the General, who has now become a local hero of another kind—for providing the local populace with its most sought-after libation.