Fond Cypres Cypres de Toi Rouge
3 in stock
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Grape varieties: Syrah and Grenache
Fond Cypres Cypres de Toi Rouge is a blend of Syrah and Grenache. Crunchy black fruit, a sprinkling of peppercorn, and a long, fresh finish.
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About Fond Cypres Cypres de Toi Rouge
Fond Cypres Cypres de Toi Rouge is 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.
About Fond Cypres
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.
Corbières is an important appellation of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. It is one of the better-known and most productive Languedoc titles. Corbières vineyards turn out large quantities of red and rosé wines, along with a growing number of whites. Reds are the appellation’s forte; they are famously rich, herb-scented wines, made from Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Lledoner Pelut, and Carignan. Rosé Corbières wines are also well-respected, produced from the same red varieties, combined with Grenache Gris and Picpoul. White wines constitute only a small percentage of the total output. They are made from a wide selection of varieties – most notably Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Maccabeu, Marsanne and Roussanne.
There are around 2200 growers, nearly 300 private wine producers, and over 30 cooperatives within the appellation. There are 13,500 hectares (33,300 acres) of registered vineyards, with over 10,000ha in production. Annual outpit can be as much as 55 million liters, or 73.3 million bottles.
The Corbières appellation covers a large, roughly square area, 57 kilometers (37 miles) wide, to the south and west of Narbonne. It ranges from the Pyrenean foothills in the south and west, to the lower-lying areas of the coastal plain near Narbonne. There is a great variety of terrain and climate. Moreover, the area has experienced a great deal of tectonic upheaval. This has exposed layers from different geological periods, and so there is a great variety of soil types. Therefore the zone has been divided into various sub-appellations or terroirs. These may add their names to that of Corbières on labels. The aim of this is to provide consumers with more precise information about a wine’s origins. In the southern Hautes-Corbières and Durban terroirs, the landscape is significantly hillier than elsewhere in the appellation. Some local vineyards are located at altitudes of 500m (1650ft), planted on mostly schistous soils.
The climate is Mediterranean, but the nights are cooler due to the increased altitude. This brings the added benefit of wider ranging diurnal temperature variation. Two hilly enclaves here are reserved for the oldest of the Languedoc region’s red wine appellations: Fitou. The Sigean and Fontfroide terroirs in the east are the warmest parts of Corbières. They are located at lower altitudes and close to the moderating influences of the Mediterranean Sea. Two large lagoons – the Étang de Bages and the Étang de L’Ayrolle – stabilize the macroclimate further, in the face of changeable mountain weather. However, this consistency deprives the vines of fresh, cooler nights, which would help the fruit to retain natural acids. Lagrasse is an area at the center of Corbières, located at the very start of the Pyrenean foothills. Recognized as a source of higher-quality wines, it was granted its own appellation in 2005 – AOC Corbieres-Boutenac. The vineyards of the northernmost area are known as Alaric. They are divided between the plains in the north and the south-facing slopes of the Montagne d’Alaric. They are not planted at particularly high altitudes (a maximum of 300m/984ft), and are south facing. This offers extended exposure to the sun, helping to ripen the Mourvèdre grapes in particular.