Clos Culombu was founded in the mid-1970s by Paul Suzzoni, and by the mid-1980s his brother Etienne has run the domain. The vineyards cover less than half the 95 hectares that make up the estate.
Clos Culombu is situated between the Gulf of Calvi and the Montegrossu mountains, whose peaks reach 2000 metres. The vineyard faces to the south, and is made up of 15 terraced hillside parcels. The soils in this area are made from granite, with some clay rich pockets. The micro-climates of the vineyards are strongly influenced by the sea, which is only 2 kilometres away and the nearby mountains.
The grape varieties planted are: the traditional ones for the island Vermentinu (or Vermentino, or Rolle), Sciaccarellu, Niellucciu and Elegante; and more recent interlopers Syrah and Grenache.
The viticulture is focused on low intervention, with soils worked and minimal amounts of weed killer and other chemicals are used. The yields are kept low to maintain quality by de-budding and bunch-thinning of grapes. Vinification is controlled and careful
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