Founded in 1973 by Paul Suzzoni, this vineyard covers 39 of the 95 hectares that comprise the estate. Since 1986, Etienne Suzzoni, Paul’s brother, has been at the helm of the enterprise. Le Clos Culombu is situated between the Gulf of Calvi and the Montegrossu mountains, whose peaks reach 2000 metres and the vineyard has direct southern exposition; there are 15 hillside parcels and vines are planted in arena-shaped granite formations on terraces of clay-rich soils. Situated only 2 kilometres from the sea and 8 kilometres from the mountain peaks, the vineyard enjoys a very particular micro-climate. The varietals planted (in keeping with the island’s traditional practices) are Vermentinu, Sciaccarellu, Niellucciu and Elegante. The soil is worked in the traditional manner and minimal weed killer and chemicals are used. The yields are kept low to maintain quality by de-budding and bunch-thinning of grapes.
Vermentinos are typically aromatic combining notes of citrus, fresh grass, herbs, and almonds with a crisp and acidic framework. The Domaine wine is softer in the mouth with a touch of verbena and lime; the Clos has more structure and fine mineral notes plus leesy creaminess, apricot and white chocolate undertones.
Appellation Corse Calvi