The Wine: La Boutanche Red 2019
Thomas Santamaria La Boutanche Red is a red natural wine made from biodynamic Grenache grapes and a small part of Niellucciu grapes grown in Patrimonio, Corsica. The wine is fermented in stainless steel. Medium body red, red berries on the nose, bright acidity on the palate, low tannins.
The Producer: Thomas Santamaria
Thomas is the 6th generation to take over the estate, which, over the years, has acquired 30 hectares of vines across the Oletta, Olmeta-di-Tuda, and St.-Florent communes on the island of Corsica planted in schist and limestone soils. Much like their neighbors at Clos Marfisi, previous generations had farmed in the traditional ways, and never gave in to outside pressure in regards to using herbicides and pesticides, which unfortunately became common in the 1970s. Thomas has begun to take that a step further. He maintains strict organic farming principles, and is looking at biodynamic treatments as well as following the lunar cycle for all vineyard work.
The Region: Patrimonio, Corsica