From the Brigitte Bardot of Corbières and her endearing husband come the wines of Fond Cyprès, a soulful lineup of Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, and blends thereof.
The couple, Laetitia Ourliac and 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 15 ha of lush vegetation and a secret garden grove of olives, tomatoes, eggplants, and wild herbs.
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 the following 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.
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