I was delighted to discover a new estate in Patrimonio, Clos Signadore. Christophe Ferrrandis comes from Marseilles; he has worked at Château Pibarnon, one of the leading estates of Bandol and chance brought him to Patrimonio. And in 2001 he bought ten hectares of old vines at Poggio d’Oletto, just outside the town of Patrimonio. He planted some Vermentino four years ago and has kept seven hectares of vines that are 45 years old.
The tasting began with 2008 A Mandria di Signadore, Patrimonio Blanc – 18€
A Vermentino from young vines, with some leesy notes on the nose and quite firm acidity on the palate; some appley hints and some weight. Quite youthful. Needs a little bottle age.
Patrimonio rosé – 12.00€
A saigné (the juice is run off the skins after a few hours) from Nielluccio, grown on clay and limestone.
Pale orange pink colour. Very delicate nose. Nicely rounded with some dry fruit. The elegance belies the weight and body in the wine.
2007 Eresia Patrimonio Rouge – 12€
From 90% Nielluccio and 10% Grenache Noir, aged in vat. This is intended for early drinking, with some fresh dry cherry fruit and a medium weight palate.
2006 Patrimonio Rouge
Pure Nielluccio, grown on clay and limestone, with 36 months ageing in vat. This was intriguing; quite elegant with a discreet nose. There are some slightly meaty notes on the palate, with some tannin and body and some fruit, and the underlying spicy notes of the Corsican maquis, with the tannic streak typical of Nielluccio. It promises well, as indeed does the whole range. Definitely an estate to watch.