Crossed portraits of Sandrine and Yves
Written by Yves Leccia, published in
I was born in Metz in 1967, the eldest daughter in a family of four children. I graduated in Modern Literature and with a BTS in international trade in my pocket, I moved to Alsace to become a sales representative in a wine company in Ribeauvillé. It was there that I made my first steps in the wine sector. Yves is Corsican, from a winegrowing family that has been producing wine in Patrimonio since 1800. He knew very early on that he would be a winemaker. His choice is also militant;
Through winegrowing, he has always wanted to demonstrate the excellence of Corsica. He made it his political fight! Of a conscientious and perfectionist temperament, he first studied oenology in order to master the techniques that would lead him to reveal his terroir. In 1980, he took over the family estate.
How did we meet? It was in 2002, during a trade show. It was love at first sight! A few months later, I moved to Poggio d'Oletta. In 2005, we decided to create our own estate.
Although we are one in life, on the estate each of us has a well-defined role. Yves takes care of the work in the vineyards and in the cellar. No wine leaves the cellar without his complete satisfaction. Throughout the year, he keeps a watchful, almost paternal eye on our vines to ensure that they flourish and produce the best fruit. These grapes contain the secret of E Croce, our terroir!
As for me, I have the incredible opportunity to travel the world throughout the year to taste the new vintages for our wine and restaurant customers. Today, I understand the Corsican language well and speak it a little. I wouldn't leave my island for anything in the world, even if I sometimes think back with nostalgia to Metz, its culture, its restaurants and its unique charm.