Andrew Guard

2016 Le Carignan de la Source, Fond Cyprès

Produced from the grape perhaps best suited to the climate in that is maintains freshness at ripeness and these are the oldest vines on the property (60 years old) – when yields are kept low and the farming is attentive, Carignan delivers superb wines – almost like the Gamay of the Languedoc but with more weight and an attractive, rustic twist. 2016 was a great vintage in the Corbieres and this is a lovely wine. Sensual, wild and vivid

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.