Andrew Guard

2016 Le Corbières, Fond Cyprès

Produced from equal parts Grenache, Carignan and Syrah this exceptional wine maintains freshness in a region known for heavy and dull wines – when yields are kept low and the farming is attentive, this medly of grapes delivers superb wines – almost Burgundian in style 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.