After purchasing 4 hectares of vines in 2001, Christophe Ferrandis founded the Clos Signadore domaine which is now comprised of 8.5 hectares (2 hectares of Vermentino and 6.5 hectares of Nielluccio) within the Patrimonio appellation of Corsica. Last year, in 2016, Christophe planted an additional 2.5 hectares on Corsica’s east coast after loosing 1.5 hectares of old vines due to extreme floodling in 2016. As of 2016, the domaine is now 10 hectares in size.
Surrounded by mountains filled with limestone to the East and schist to the West, Christophe organically farms Vermentino and Nielluccio; taking a methodical approach in his vineyards. With a focus on expressing the appellation’s unique terroir, each of Christophe’s wines walk the line of elegance and masculinity especially when showcasing the native Nielluccio grape variety. The domaine has been ECOCERT certified organic since 2010.
All vineyard work is done by hand and is guided by lunar cycles. Christophe’s work is meticulous and he takes great pride in the health of his old vines. Yields are very small around 20-25 hectoliters per hectare for the Clos Signadore rouge and 30 to 40 hectoliters per hectare for the A Mandria cuvées. The old vines were planted using massale selection. After Christophe purchased the old vines, he expanded the domaine by planting young vine Vermentino and Niellucio by “racines longues” or the “own rooted” method.
In the cellar, only indigenous yields are used and fermentation occurs in stainless steel tank. Élevage for A Mandria blanc, rosé, and rouge is in stainless steel, and élevage for Clos Signadore rouge is 24 months in a combination of used Burgundy 500L barrique and demi-muids. Christophe purchases his barrels new and uses them for two cuvées which he does not export to give them use before they are used for Clos Signadore rouge.