The pale Domaine de Torraccia Blanc from Corsica is pure Vermentino and has an evocative bouquet of wild Maquis herbs, an elegant, dry, mineral-edged palate and a long savoury finish. Seafood or asparagus are failsafe accompaniments.
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Veteran 'vigneron' Christian Imbert planted his organic vineyard in reclaimed scrubland in the hills above Porto Vecchio in 1966. At the time he was regarded as an ill-advised eccentric - today he is seen as a pioneering visionary.
An aristocrat from Nevers, the tireless, flamboyant Christian Imbert arrived in Corsica in the 1960s after many years trading spices in Chad and set about planting his organic vineyard on reclaimed scrubland in the hills above Porto Vecchio in the south east of the island. Now in his late seventies, Christian continues to promote the interests of like-minded, quality-driven Corsican winemakers through the UVA Corse collective that he founded thirty years ago. He is a member of the prestigious Academie du Vin.
The Domaine is now ably run by Christian's son, Marc Imbert.
Yapp Brothers are members of 'The Bunch', a group of Britain's best independent wine merchants.
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