This month's Sauvage brings us to a brand new Languedoc producer with impeccable natural winemaking credentials, Fond Cyprès. We can't remember the last time we tasted Languedoc wines of such purity and gravitas since we first encountered the wines of Léon Barral. From the Escales side of the Corbières appellation, Laetitia Ourliac & Rodolphe Gianesini's 'Cyprès de Toi' Rouge represents a sultry and Syrah forward expression of the appellation, with notes of smoked meat, roasted thyme, and wild blueberry. It is surely one of the most characterful Syrah-based wines we've tasted from south of Cornas.
Sourced from a unique microclimate in the north of Corbières, the vineyards that give us this red enjoy a warm, Mediterranean climate that is tempered by a cold wind blowing in from the North, allowing for the preservation of acidity in what is otherwise a full, concentrated red. Made according to the strictest tenets of non interventionism, this red checks all the boxes–native yeast, minimal movement in the winery, no additives or funny business, and no added sulfur whatsoever.