Mitjavile Magic - in Corsica!

On a recent visit to Le Tertre Rôteboeuf, we asked Louis Mitjavile what other projects he was involved in outside his family estate. One that really excited him, and now us, was his involvement in a brand new winery in Corsica called Paradella. His close friend Lionel Wojcik had recently bought a vineyard in the heart of Patrimonio – regarded as the island’s best region for reds. The appellation’s principle grape variety is Nielluciu – better known as Sangiovese in Italy.

In an effort to recreate the taste of Le Tertre Rôteboeuf, Mitjavile despatched exactly the same barrels - “Radoux blend” - that are used at Tertre and Roc de Cambes for the elevage at Paradella. Furthermore, in order to re-create the humid, damp cellar conditions of his home estate in St Emilion, in the dry climate of Corsica, an ingenious system of spraying a fine mist over the barrels every half an hour was created in the Paradella chai. The resultant wine has a wonderfully exotic spice character combined with ripe fruit and a fine tannic structure. 

Less than 1,000 cases were produced in the inaugural 2016 vintage, with bottling taking place in early summer 2018. The vast majority of the production will be sold to restaurants and wine shops on the island, but we are delighted to be the first export customer for this fascinating new wine. This is the finest Corsican red that we have ever tasted and it is offered at a very modest price. So far, the only bottle to be sent outside Corsica was to Jancis Robinson who was suitably impressed and described this as “a property to watch”. Our small allocation will be available for delivery in mid-November 2018. 

This is a wine that you will thoroughly enjoy and it will be fascinating to serve at blind tastings to fellow wine-lovers. It is guaranteed to have your friends completely stumped! An oak-aged Sangiovese made by one of Bordeaux’s best winemakers in France – yet not in mainland France.

Minimum Order – 12 bottles
This wine will be available for delivery in mid-November

2016 Paradella

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Southern France2016ParadellaBT70240.00cs16.5 FVAdd to Basket
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"This Corsican red has a fabulous nose of cinnamon, truffles and exotic spices. The fruit is rich and ripe but with good acidity and tannic balance. Much more polished and sophisticated than most Patrimonio wines. A very impressive debut from Lionel Wojcik and Louis Mitjavile."

16.5 points, Farr Vintners, 2018

"This wine was aged for 18 months in the same fancy Radoux barrels as are used at Ch Tertre Roteboeuf because the owner is a very good friend of Lulu, son of François Mitjavile. They even recreate the Mitjavile's cellar conditions by spraying a fine mist over the barrels every half an hour. Its very concentrated and glamorous - much less rustic than many Corsican wines - and has sufficient acidity. This vintage just a bit aggressively ripe for me but I have no doubt that this is property to watch."

16 points, Jancis Robinson MW, 2018

Minimum Order – 12 bottles
This wine will be available for delivery in mid-November