The 2022 Backdrop
Producer: Domaine Fond Cyprès
Grape variety: Grenache and Carignan
This backdrop consists of a very successful blend of Carignan and Grenache. The grapes are vinified separately before being assembled in concrete vats for aging. This new addition that is very dear to us is a red wine for all occasions, in the straight and sunny style – without excess heat – which characterizes this estate.
Rodolphe and Laetitia, the two winegrowers of this Languedoc estate, are also descendants of winegrowers. Fond Cyprès rests on solid foundations. Even before planting their first vine, they already had a clearly stated objective: “to produce southern wines that resemble us, wines of character attached to our soils, with freshness and refined tannins”. They want to obtain entirely natural wines, concentrates of terroir. In the heart of the old Corbières massif, they are taking over an old heart of the estate already planted with abandoned Carignans and Grenaches, which have not seen any fertilizer or pesticide for years: these clean and living soils are an ideal condition for get started with natural wine. Around this historic heart, they first planted Grenache Noir and Syrah, then a plot of white grape varieties: Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne. The estate has been Ecocert certified since 2010 and also complies with the Nature & Progrès charter. Vinification is done without adding sulphite or exogenous yeast. For them, natural wine is first evaluated by taste, from the harvest. The vintages follow the plot very closely, the musts are fruity, fluid, complex. Fond Cyprès wines poetically evoke the estate's ecosystem and the vegetation that protects the plots: the pine forests, the shaded springs, the beauty of the natural environment which brings freshness to the wines and adds the signature of the soil. Deliciously balanced between mineral imprint, plant environment and expression of fruit, Fond Cyprès wines reflect the South: the caress of its sun, but also the freshness of its shadows.
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