Frank Cornelissen Susucaru 2
Frank Cornelissen is a producer i keep coming back to in order to try and understand what other people are getting out of it that i’m not. It’s not that i think the wine is awful, although the bottles i’ve drank have been wildly variable, i just don’t get them as an object of cultlike obsession. For that reason i keep spending my money just to satisfy my curiosity.
Frank Cornelissen, who is a Belgian vigneron making wine on the slopes of Mt. Etna in Italy, makes wine in a style that can only be described as “non-interventionist.” This means that there is as little involvement as possible for the winemaker in getting the wine from vine to glass. No chemicals, either in the vineyard or during fermentation or bottling. There is no fining nor filtration and no sulfur used at any time.
This particular bottle is Cornelissen’s rosato, a blend of Malvasia, Black Muscat and Nerello Mascalese (from what i gather from Garagiste, the source for most of the bottles that find their way to the U.S.). It’s the third bottle of this particular wine that i’ve had, and i have to say i still don’t get it (especially the high 14.5% alcohol content). It’s an interesting wine, and definitely worth checking out, even if you feel the way i do at the end of the bottle.
So i guess, after writing all this, that the point was really to ask you, dear reader, what you thought of Cornelissen’s wines, especially if you are into them. It’s just that kind of lazy tuesday post.
Listen to this. It’s good, i swear: