A blend of Syrah and Grenache grown on calcareous soil and blue marl just outside Escales, a medieval town in the northernmost part of the Corbières AOC. The “vent Cers” or winds from the northwest bring cold, dry weather as a counterpoint to the warm, humid air from the Mediterranean to the east, known as the “vent Marin.” Seriously quaffable, this zero-zero blend is medium-bodied and super clean, light and chewy with gentle tannins. Crunchy black fruit, a sprinkling of peppercorn and a long, fresh finish. Mortadella vibes.
Grapes: 75% Syrah, 25% Grenache noir
Style: Red Wine
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Sub-Region or Appellation: Corbières
Viticulture: *Certified Organic 2006
*Soils: Calcareous soil and blue marl, yet winds are just as important: the “vent Cers” from the northwest brings cold, dry weather as a counterpoint to the warm, humid air to the east, the Mediterranean “vent Marin”
Elevation: 170–660 feet
Vinification: Destemmed and fermented for three weeks in concrete
Aging: Aged in flex tank. Bottled sans soufre.
*Fining or Filtering: *None
From the Brigitte Bardot of Corbières and her endearing husband come the wines of Fond Cyprès, a soulful, luscious lineup of Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, Muscat, Cinsault and blends thereof.
The couple, whose real names are Laetitia Ourliac & Rodolphe Gianesini, is intent on producing wines that express their sultry slice of the Languedoc — specifically, Escales, in the northernmost part of the Corbières AOC. Their domaine begins at the end of a road lined with Cypress trees and extends in either direction across 15ha of lush vegetation, a secret garden of olives, tomatoes, eggplants, wild herbs, and newly-born kittens.
We first met Laetitia and Rodolphe in the deep, damp recesses of Cave Ackerman on a February afternoon in the Loire, and even then their wines were singing. But when we pulled up to their home in August and were greeted by bowls of freshly grilled palourdes, mussels, garlic, and parsley cooked in the juice we were about to drink, we understood their wines had made it feel like summer all along.
Sub-region or Appellation: Corbières
Winemakers and Owners: Laetitia Ourliac, Rodolphe Gianesini
Viticulture: Certified Organic 2006
Terroir: Calcareous soil, and blue marl
Size: 15 ha