Guillaume Rodet, International Development Manager for CIVCORSE in the UK and Ireland, explains, “The UK, together with the Republic of Ireland, is a priority market for Corsican producers, who know that the unique flavour and insular authenticity of their products appeal to British and Irish professionals and consumers alike. Although Corsican wines are already widely distributed through trade channels and in up-scale restaurants in the UK, the producers are very excited to have the opportunity to display their wines to visitors at The London Experience.”
The wines to be displayed on Table 10 at The London Experience from 26 to 27 October will be from seven Corsican estates — Clos Canarelli, Clos Culombu, Domaine Cordoliani, Domaine Santini, Domaine Sant’Armettu, Domaine De Tanella and Domaine Vico.
Corsica’s wines are mainly made from indigenous Corsican grape varieties, i.e. Nielluccio, Sciaccarello and Vermentino. The wines that will be presented at The London Experience are all produced by independent winegrowers from different areas of Corsica.
The local viticulture not only benefits from the diverse geography of the island — including the mountains, valleys and plains that are all exposed to the Mediterranean sun — but also from the rich diversity of Corsica’s soil. There is shale in the east, granite in the west, alluvial sediment in the middle, and limestone outcrops in the north and south of the island.
The London Experience, which will be held at the Saatchi Gallery, the prestigious venue situated near Sloane Square (in the heart of London), is being organised by Bettane+Dessauve in partnership with the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London. There will be 80 French wine producers at the event, and the organisers are expecting 4,000 visitors. Visitors will include amateur wine lovers, trade professionals, wine critics, and media representatives from the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The wine event will also feature a wide range of master classes (including The Pomerol Genius), along with wine-education workshops on various subjects (such as a comparison of different wine-growing regions, or an insight into the wine-making process).
Corsican wines are already available in the UK through a number of importers, resellers, agents and restaurateurs. Their details are listed below.
• H2VIN imports wines from Clos Canarelli, Domaine Cordoliani and Domaine Sant'Armettu.
• Caves De Pyrénes imports wine from the Clos Culombu estate.
• Cigalon Provençal Restaurant & Grill stocks wines from Clos Venturi and Domaine Santini.
• Wine Story imports wines from the Domaine de Tanella domain.
For seven years, Bettane+Desseauve, a company founded by wine critics Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, has organised Le Grand Tasting in Paris (France), which has become an annual wine event of reference that attracts approximately 13,000 visitors.
The company now organises Le Grand Tasting Hong Kong within the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, as well as Le Grand Day of Indulgence in Hong Kong, where exclusive tastings take place.
CIVCORSE, which stands for Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Corse, i.e. the Inter-Professional Wine Board for the region of Corsica, is headquartered in Bastia (in the north of Corsica) and was set up in 1996.
CIVCORSE represents and promotes a range of wines produced across the French island-region of Corsica; seven of them will be displayed on Table 10, at The London Experience.
The wine event will take place at the Saatchi Gallery, in central London (UK), from 26 to 27 October 2012. Doors will be open from 10.00am to 8.00pm (strictly reserved to trade professionals until 3.00pm) on Friday 26 October. On Saturday 27 October, The London Experience will be open from 10.00am to 6.00pm.
Journalists who wish to attend the event should contact Katherine Woods, Press Officer at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK.
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