Vin de Pays d'Oc
Due to its exceptional geographical location and unique winegrowing site and history, Domaine d’Aussières is one of those wild, natural places that gives an impression of great force and beauty. These words of Baron Eric de Rothschild explain why he fell in love with the estate and Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) has taken on the challenge to revitalize one of the oldest and most beautiful wine-making estates in the Narbonne area. Now his daughter Saskia continues the work her father began. Acquired by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in 1999, the 1,359 acre Domaine d’Aussières estate has undergone a vast rehabilitation program. 412 acres of vines have been replanted with carefully selected traditional Languedoc grape varieties: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan, complemented with Cabernet, Merlot and ChardonnayVINTAGE NOTES
The weather varied enormously over the Languedoc region. The nearby Mediterranean coastline was strongly impacted by low rainfall, not only during the winter but also during the growing season. This very special vintage enabled a good expression of the vines throughout the growth cycle, from bud break to flowering and the ripening stage. The combination of our cool terroir and plots that are now reaching maturity, we were able to able to meet the challenge provided by this vintage’s atypical weather conditions. The constraints imposed by the climate enabled excellent levels of ripeness to be achieved for all our vines, with beautiful aromatic expressions and good balance for all plots, from the first to ripen through to the last.WINEMAKING
The Chardonnay was harvested September 3rd – 5th Vinification took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and alcohol fermentation took place for 15 days at 64°F. The wine was aged for 4 months in stainless steel vats.TASTING NOTES
Beautiful bright yellow with pale green highlights. Light notes of pink grapefruit and almond blossom. Ageing on the lees gives the wine richness and body, that are accompanied by freshness and finesse through to the particularly long finish.