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Nicolas Mariotti Bindi Le Mursaglia Rouge 2013
In 2007, after interning briefly with Antoine Arena, he was hired as the vineyard manager at Domaine Leccia in Patrimonio. He still holds this position while he makes wine under his own label from five hectares of vines that were offered to him by a neighboring winemaker.
“I worked each plot of vines with integrity and a powerful desire to bring out the absolute best. Each of my wines is a story, one which is a complete pleasure to share.” – Nicolas Bindi
A mountainous, Mediterranean island covered in vineyards, Corsica, while closer to Italy in proximity and history, is today under France's political jurisdiction. The island is home to a mix of Italian and French grapes, typically planted at high elevations. Niellucciu (Sangiovese), Sciacarellu (Mammolo), and Vermentino (Rolle) are the main grape varieties of Corsica, and account for about two thirds of all Corsican wines produced.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.