Cyprès de Toi Rouge, Fond Cyprès

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Cyprès de Toi Rouge, 2020, Fond Cyprès

A juicy and dark fruit bomb, with minerality and structure

Region: Languedoc, France

Grape(s): Grenache, Carignan & Syrah

Genre: Certified organic

Low Sulphur: Yes

Tasting Notes: Dark berries, black cherry and lots of plum

Started in the early 2000s by husband and wife Rodolphe Gianesini and Laetitia Ourliac, Fond Cyprès is a 15ha estate in northern Corbières. They were still finding their path when they met none other than legendary low-intervention Burgundy winemaker Freddie Cossard in 2004, and from then on Fond Cyprès has been natural to the core. Organic certification came in 2006 and they have gone from strength to strength ever since. Blue marl soils dominate, and the intense heat of the summers down in south-western France are mitigated by the shadow of the nearby Saint Jaume forest. They are going against the local norm, and mostly producing single varietal wines to highlight individual terroir and the purity of their fruit from the clean and natural working methods. Some of their wines are coming from their own vineyards, and some are made from grapes that they buy from trusted, organically certified neighbours. 

Coming from relatively young vines planted in Corbieres on calcareous soil, this blend balanced the dark, ripe powerful reds of southern France with a juiciness and supple texture. The grapes are macerated for three weeks, without stems, in concrete vats, before pressing into steel where it rests for a few months to bring everything together. Lots of dark fruit, particularly plums, with light but present tannins. A warm hug on a dark winter’s evening.