Andrew Guard

2016 Premier Jus, Domaine Fond Cyprès

This delightful wine is made by adding whole berries of Carignan to a fermenting Saignee of Grenache and pressed 2 days later then aged in Burgundian casks for 6 months - so in essence this wine started as a Rose and finished as a red. It is very bright, succulent and juicy with lots of verve. In the mouth it is delicious and moreish, the bottle doesn't last long and the price is terrific.

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.