Fond Cyprès Le Carignan de La Source 2018
Sixty-year-old Carignan vines grow on an idyllic parcel abutting their home, at the foot of a fresh water stream flowing from the forest above. Supremely happy, pretty grapes from vines that have earned elegance with age. Harvested by hand and then kept four weeks in concrete followed by one year in barrels. Nothing added, nothing removed. Rustic, wild, and free.
Vintage: 2018, 2019
Style: Red Wine
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Sub-Region or Appellation: Corbières
Viticulture: Certified Organic 2006
Age of Vines: 60 years old
Soils: Calcareous soil and blue marl, yet winds are just as important: the “vent Cers” from the northwest brings cold, dry weather as a counterpoint to the warm, humid air to the east, the Mediterranean “vent Marin”
Elevation: 170–660 feet
Vinification: Destemmed and fermented for four weeks in concrete
Aging: Aged 12 months in demi-muids (600L neutral French oak barrels typically used in the Rhone). Bottled sans soufre.
Fining or Filtering: None