In 2005, Eric Poli sold his interest in the family’s 75-acre Vin de Corse estate, Domaine de Piana, to his brother, Antoine. With the proceeds, he bought 7.4 acres of old-vine Nielluccio and Vermentino (aka Malvoisie de Corse) on the terraced Poggio d’Oletta in the heart of Patrimonio, the oldest and arguably best appellation on this mountainous Mediterranean island. Eric expanded Clos Alivu’s modest Patrimonio holdings with the purchase of 4.3 acres of Nielluccio vines in the commune of Santo Pietro di Tenda in 2012 next to his wife’s family estate, Clos Teddi. Today, he manages Clos Alivu’s 11.7 acres, the 86.5 acres of Clos Teddi vines, and the 108 acres of IGP Île de Beauté grapes he planted ten years ago near his family’s estate. Eric makes the wines for all three brands.
The rosés are produced entirely from direct press juice. No malo-lactic fermentation