Clos Culombu

France

The Suzzoni family domaine started in 1973 with the planting of the first vines. For Paul, the eldest child in the family, the passion for winemaking started at a very young age, and he went on to study at the agricultural college in Borgo, in northern Corsica. With the support of his father Antoine, he bought a few plots of land and set to work. Although most of the winemaking on the island at this time was just really dabbling around, Paul and his father planted their first Niellucciu vines in 1973 in the communes of Lumiu and Montegrosso, and vinified their first cuvées three years later.

Etienne, the youngest son, took over the domaine in 1986 after completing his studies in veterinary medicine in Paris. Passionate about the terroir and aware of the potential of Calvi wines, he invested in the domaine with the aim of expanding the total vineyard area. Today the domaine has over 64 hectares of vines, 12 hectares of olive trees, and has a herd of 40 cattle grazing over the 30 hectares of meadows and oak groves. 2016 marked a new chapter for the family-run domaine, with the arrival of Etienne’s eldest son, Paul-Antoine, who had the honour of vinifying the 40th vintage of Clos Culombu. The vineyards were farmed following organic principles. Etienne and Paul-Antoine have now started the conversion to biodynamic viticulture.

Wines

Clos Culombu Blanc · Profile

Grown on some Corsica’s oldest monzogranitic soil, these vines deliver a very unique minerality. The Clos Culombu Blanc is 100% Vermentinu (Vermentino). Fermentation and maturation take place in stainless steel vats to retain the natural freshness. The wine is allowed to rest five months on its fine lees for added complexity. The nose is highly expressive with notes of grapefruit and white peach. The palate is slightly saline with good texture, leading into a long finish.

SKU 852351

Clos Culombu Blanc · Pairing

This wine pairs well grilled fish, seafood, grilled poultry, and summer salads.

Clos Culombu Rosé · Profile

A masterfully crafted blend of 60% Sciaccarellu, 30% Niellucciu, and 10% Cinsault. The nose is bursting with aromas of raspberry and grapefruit. The palate is refreshing with a good texture and surprising complexity. A rosé wine that can be enjoyed in all seasons.

SKU 852352

Clos Culombu Rosé · Pairing

A good choice with Asian inspired cuisine, including flavourful Indian and Thai dishes.Pairs well with grilled or pan fried fish, white meats, and summer salads.

 

Clos Culombu Rouge · Profile

A harmonious blend of 60% Sciaccarellu, 20% Niellucciu, 10% Syrah, and 10% Minustellu. The colour is bright with ruby highlights. The fruity nose (plum, raspberry, black cherry) is lifted by a touch of smoke and grilled almonds. On the palate it is full and rich with chalky tannins and hints of cigar tobacco on the finish.

SKU 852353

Clos Culombu Rouge · Pairing

The complexity and ripe tannin structure of this well-balanced red wine makes it a good match to any roasted red meats. It works well with flavourful dishes such as cassoulet and osso buco.

Clos Culombu Ribbe Rosse Rouge · Profile

A blend of 50% Niellucciu and 50% Sciaccarellu. The grapes are harvest by hand and are then cold soaked for 72 hours, followed by a gentle extraction for two months on their pomace. The wine is aged for 12 months in 1 to 5-year old oak barrels. The nose displays notes of blackcurrant coulis, liquorice, cold tobacco, and spiced notes of perennial flowers and undergrowth. The palate is full with prominent yet smooth tannins.

SKU 852354

Clos Culombu Ribbe Rosse Rouge · Pairing

This full-bodied wine is best paired with prime rib roasts, ribeye steaks, lamb, and venison.