Clos Signadore

Christophe Ferrandis

 
 

The Clos Signadore is located in Poggio d’Oletta, within the inland mountainous part of the Patrimonio AOC. The Clos is planted with 40 year old Nielucciu vines, the local red grape of Corsica, closely related to Sangiovese. In addition, there is also a small amount of Vermentinu for the white wines. The vines are divided among four distinct terroirs, which blend together to make a sum greater than the parts. Since the domaine was created, they have avoided the use of chemicals in the vineyards. They only use mechanical weeding, and no chemical products are sprayed on the soil. Since 2010, the domaine is in conversion to the organic AB certification. Christopher Ferrandis was born in Marseilles to a family with strong roots in Corsica. After working for several years at Domaine Pibarnon in Bandol, he moved to Corsica where he worked as a consultant for a cooperative. Through connections of his uncle who grew up in Corsica, he was able to find a few hectares of old vines that were available, and established the domaine in 2001. In addition to the flagship bottling Clos Signadore, the domaine also produces the cuvée A Mandria in red, white, and rosé. 
 

 
Christophe Ferrandis is pushing the wines of Corsica to a new level. Ferrandis has a new and inspiring vision of what can be done from the terroir of Patrimonio.
— Joshua Adler Paris Wine Compay

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Patrimonio Blanc “A Mandria”:  100% Vermentino.  Certified organic.  From a 1 hectare, northeast facing lieu-dit named Morsaglia that sits on limestone and clay soils.  The vines were planted in 2006.  Hand-harvested in small bins.  Native yeast fermentation, aged on the lees in stainless steel. No additions beyond sulfur before bottling. Average production: 6,000 bottles/year.

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Patrimonio Rosé “A Mandria”:  100% Nielluccio.  Certified organic.  From a 1 hectare, northeast facing lieu-dit named Morsaglia that sits on limestone and clay soils.  The vines were planted in 2007.  Hand-harvested in small bins then cold stabilization at 4ºC for 24 to 36 hours.  Direct press into stainless steel with native yeast fermentation. The rosé is aged on the lees throughout the winter and then bottled in the spring following the harvest.  No additions beyond sulfur before bottling. Average production: 3,000 bottles/year.

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Patrimonio Rouge “A Mandria”:  100% Nielluccio.  Certified organic.  Blend of different lieu-dits throughout the estate’s 6 hectares.  Composed of mostly clay-limestone with occasional schist.  Vines range in age from 8 to 50 years.  Hand-harvested in small bins.  Native yeast fermentation and ageing in stainless steel.  No additions beyond sulfur before bottling. Average production: 12,000 bottles/year

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Patrimonio Rouge “Clos Signadore”

100% Nielluccio.  Certified organic.  From the original 4 hectare plot of 50 year-old-vines called Morta Piana.  Composed of mostly clay-limestone with occasional schist.  Hand-harvested in small bins.  Native yeast fermentation, vinified in stainless steel with a 45-60 day maceration.  Aged in neutral demi-muids for 24 months.  No additions beyond sulfur before bottling. Average production: 2,800 bottles/year.