Andrew Guard

2020 Les Cordières des Andes, Fond Cyprès

This is a magnificent Languedoc red wine well marked by its terroir, as it is crafted from a blend of equal parts of Grenache du Bois Saint-Jaume, Carignan de la Source and Syrah de la Pinède, vinified separately and blended in barrels. Offering great aging potential, it is a beauty to drink or to hold. This wine is refined, elegant, made with great care - it can be described as the synthesis of the estate where it was born - Superb

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.