Andrew Guard

2014 Le Blanc des Garennes, Fond Cyprès

This juicy, scented and succulent white wine is produced from mainly Grenaxche Blanc blended Viognier and Roussanne. The Grenache Blanc provides freshness and minerality and the other two bring volume, texture and exotic, tropical aromas - as with all the Fond Cyprès wines  this is characterized by it's attractive fragrance, elegant and silky texture, and exquisite balance.

In 1998, Laetitia Ourliac and Rodolphe Gianesini found a somewhat forgotten vineyard of 18 acres in Escales near Lézignan in the appellation of Corbières.

For 6 years they undertook winemaking training and began the slow work required to develop their land in the ancient manner, by creating terraces and planting vines: Carignan, Syrah and Grenache for red wine and Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier for white - Fond Cyprès was born in 2004.

Since then they have both been working incredibly hard to find the identity of their vineyards: knowing each plot, each variety and developing a winemaking style that they believe in.

In truth it has all come together in extraordinarily successful style. These are today, in a short space of time, some of the best wines in the Languedoc.