Beautiful, strong, intense color. The nose is initially characterized by notes from the maturing stage with cocoa and a slight woodiness, these are followed by the traditional notes of garrigue and spices. On the palate, the attack is clean and well-balanced. There is plenty of freshness with plump tannins that are already well integrated. The high proportion of Mourvedre makes its mark in the slightly peppery finish.
The vineyard is located near Narbonne, in the Corbieres’ microclimate of Fontfroide and Boutenac. Chateau d’Aussieres has been since the Roman era, one of the great estates of the Languedoc. In the Middle Ages, it belonged to the celebrated Abbey of Fontfroide, its neighbor. With its exceptional location, terroir and by the force of its history, the Chateau d’Aussieres is, a wild and natural property of intense and powerful beauty. Since 1999, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) have revitalized over 390 acres of vineyards on the 1,359 acre estate, as well as renovated the cellars of the Chateau. The 260 acres of AOC Corbieres vineyard are planted to carefully-selected traditional Languedoc wine grape varietals: Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache and Carignan.
A new, entirely renovated, winery has been built at the Chateau d’Aussieres in the middle of the Aussieres vineyard. All operations, from the harvest itself to bottling, are conducted with the greatest care using state-of-the-art technology. The AOC vineyards are primarily rock (as Corbieres “Cor” is an old Celtic word meaning rock) and sandstone, slate, gravel, clay and sand. The vineyard is at the base of the Corbieres Mountain range. 2010 will be remembered for its cold winter, with unusually well-defined waves of low temperatures. The mild weather in April contrasted with the coldness of March and particularly that of May, when low temperatures, rain and even snow delayed the growth cycle of the early grape varieties. A hot summer with low rainfall did not allow the vines to catch up. Despite a very wet May, the overall rainfall was below average at the time of harvest. Aussieres’ ””cool”” terroir helped the vines withstand the dry period, but the harvest was later than the previous year. The mild days and cool nights of the autumn enabled slow ripening with well-balanced grapes. The plots planted with the grapes that go into Blason d’Aussieres were picked between the 17th of September and the 16th of October. Blason d’Aussieres is a blend of the Domaine’s wines and wines selected from the best terroirs in the Languedoc. Vinification took place in the traditional Bordeaux method or carbonic maceration depending on the grape varieties. Fermentations took place in concrete and stainless steel vats. Maceration lasted 14 days. Ageing was 20% in barrels and 80% in vats for 18 months.
Chateau d’Aussieres is located near Narbonne, in the Corbieres in the microclimate of Fontfroide and Boutenac. Chateau d’Aussieres has been since the Roman era, one of the great estates of the Languedoc. In the Middle Ages, it belonged to the celebrated Abbey of Fontfroide, its neighbor. With its exceptional location and terroir and by the force of its history, the Chateau d’Aussieres is, a wild and natural property of intense and powerful beauty. Acquired in 1999 by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), the 550 hectare estate has undergone a vast rehabilitation programme. 167 hectares of vines have been replanted with carefully selected traditional Languedoc grape varieties: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan, complemented by Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay. The estate buildings were restored at the same time and a new winery installed in the old cellars, in the heart of the vineyard. State-of-the-art equipment and technology are seamlessly married to time-tested methods in the production of the wine.