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Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Ajaccio Blanc "Cuvée Faustine"
Vermentinu 40 years Granite 18 ha total
Ajaccio Rouge "Cuvée Faustine
70% Sciaccarellu, 30% Niellucciu N/A N/A 18 ha total
Ajaccio Rosé "Cuvée Faustine
Sciaccarellu 20 years N/A 18 ha total
Vin de France “Rouge Frais Impérial”
Sciaccarellu 20 years avg Granite 2 ha
Vin de France “Gris Impérial” Rosé
90% Sciaccarellu, 10% Barbarossa 20 years avg Granite 2 ha
Cuvée Collection Blanc “Diplomate d’Empire-Il Calvalière- Don Jacques-Pascal Abbatucci”
37% Vermentinu, 20% Rossola Bianca, 19% Biancu Gentile, 14% Genovese, 10% Brustiano Planted from 1960-1962 Granite 2 ha
Cuvée Collection Blanc “BR”
Barbarossa Planted from 1960-1962 Granite 2 ha
Cuvée Collection Blanc “Général de la Révolution : Jean-Charles Abbatucci”
25% Carcajolu Biancu, 25% Paga Debbiti, 20% Riminese, 15% Rossola Brandica, 10% Biancone, 5% Vermentinu Planted from 1960-1962 Granite 2 ha
Cuvée Collection Rouge “CN”
Carcajolu-Neru 6 years avg Granite 1.5 ha
Cuvée Collection Rouge “Ministre Impérial : Jacques-Pierre-Charles Abbatucci”
22% Sciacarellu, 18% Niellucciu, 15% Carcajolu-Neru, 15% Montaneccia, 12% Morescono, 10% Morescola, 8% Aleatico Planted from 1960-1962 Granite 2 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres


• Corsican spellings of grape varietals

• Vines are planted at a density of 3,500 vines per hectare

• Natural grass ground cover between each vineyard row

• Biodynamic practices have been followed since 2000

• All fruit is harvested by hand

• Abbatucci’s Barbarossa grapes are red (not a white mutation). However, because he presses immediately after picking, the wine color comes out clear and white.

Ajaccio Blanc “Cuvée Faustine”:

• 100% old-vine Vermentinu selected from a parcel with very low yields (20 hl/ha)

• Hand harvested in the morning at prime maturity and immediately pressed

• Wine is vinified in stainless steel tanks

• Fermentation takes place after a brief cold-soaking

• Slow fermentation at 18 degrees Celsius

Ajaccio Rosé “Cuvée Faustine”:

• Rosé made from direct press
• Does not undergo malolactic fermentation

• Wine is vinified in stainless steel tanks

• Brief cold-soaking of grapes

• Slow fermentation at 18 degrees Celsius, the depending on the vintage, the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation

Ajaccio Rouge “Cuvée Faustine”:

• Fermented in stainless steel and cement tanks

Vin de France “Gris Impérial” Rosé:

• Grapes are directly pressed
• Wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel tank
• No malolactic fermentation

Vin de France “Rouge Frais Impérial”:

• Grapes are fully de-stemmed
• Short maceration period with light punching down
• Short aging period in cement and stainless steel tank


The Domaine Comte Abbatucci Collection wines all come from a single parcel planted by Antoine Abbatucci in the early 1960's. At the time, Antoine (Jean-Charles's father) was president of the Chamber of Agriculture in Corsica, and noticed that the subsistence farming lifestyle of the mountain villages was rapidly disappearing as the villagers left the countryside for the coastal towns. Several villages farmed old vines of indigenous varietals that were left abandoned as the population left. To save these varietals from extinction, Abbatucci took cuttings of each threatened vineyard he came across and planted the cuttings on his estate near Ajaccio, in a single plot of granite soil. By 1962, eighteen different varieties had been planted. More recently, Jean-Charles has begun propagating the vines using séléction massale on his own estate, as well as supplying cuttings to other vignerons all over Corsica. He blends these native grapes from the original plot planted in the 1960’s together into four different cuvées, each one named after an ancestor (except for the barbarossa which is named for the grape varietal). All four cuvées have exceptionally low yields to produce a mere 1,500 bottles.

Cuvée Collection Blanc “Général de la Révolution : Jean-Charles Abbatucci”:

• Named for a military hero of the French Revolution of 1789, who became a Brigadier General at age 25 and was killed that same year on the battlefield. His name is engraved as an “Officer of the Empire” on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
• Vinified in tank
•Aged in older 600-L demi-muids

Cuvée Collection Blanc Diplomate d’Empire-Il Calvalière-Don Jacques-Pascal Abbatucci”:

• Named for a childhood friend of Napoléon Bonaparte, who served under the Empire and spent several years as a diplomat in Naples. He was faithful to the end, and fought at Napoléon’s side in the Battle of Waterloo.
• Vinified in tank
• Aged in older 600-L demi-muids

Cuvée Collection Blanc “BR”:

• Although the exact origin of the Barbarossa grape are disputed, the cuttings comes from a lineage of Barbarossa which has been in Corsica for at least 800 years
• Vinified and aged in tank

Cuvée Collection Rouge “Minstre Impérial : Jacques-Pierre-Charles Abbatucci”:

• Named for a leading military figure under Napoléon Bonaparte’s Premier Empire, and then became a prominent consul under Napoléon III.
• Grapes are crushed by foot and macerate for 15 days
• Aged in older 600-L demi-muids

Cuvée Collection Rouge “CN”:
• Carcajolo Nera (Carcajolu-Neru) is a true, native Corsican grape once planted widely in southern Corsica and recently abandoned to the point of near extinction
• Grapes are crushed by foot and macerate for 15 days
• Aged in 1/3 older 600-L demi-muids and 2/3 stainless tank for 8-10 months

General Information

Jean-Charles Abbatucci
Annual Production
5,000 cases
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