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KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

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Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Vin de France Blanc
Grotte di Sole
Vermentinu 60 years Clay, limestone 1 ha
Vin de France Rouge
Grotte di Sole
Niellucciu 60 years Clay, limestone 2 ha
Muscat de Cap Corse
Grotte di Sole
Muscat Planted in 1982, 1992, 1995 Clay, limestone 1 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• All grapes are harvested by hand
• Indigenous yeast fermentation
• Primary and secondary fermentation in stainless steel tanks
• Vin de France Blanc Grotte di Sole ages for 1 year
• Muscat de Cap Corse Grotte di Sole is a muted wine that ages for 2 months in stainless steel tank

Grotte di Sole:

Meaning “sunny grottoes” in Corsican, this parcel takes its name from its direct southern facing exposure. As the name suggests, this terroir on clay-limestone soils gives the ripest grapes from the property. Patrimonio Grotte di Sole Rouge (2 ha), 100% Niellucciu, and Patrimonio Grotte di Sole Blanc (1ha), 100% Vermentinu, both come from this parcel. These vines average 60 years of age, and are from the original holdings of the Arena family, going back to at least the 18th century. These wines tend to be rich and round, but Antoine takes pains to harvest early and never allows for excessive maturity.

General Information

Country
France
Region
Corsica
Appellation(s)
Vin de France, Muscat du Cap Corse
Producer
Jean-Baptiste Arena
Founded
2014
Farming
Organic
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