32% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 23% Mourvèdre, 18% Carignan
Domaine d’Aussières 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 Domaine d’Aussières is, a wild and natural property of intense and powerful beauty. Since 1999, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) have revitalized over 413 acres of vineyards on the 1,359 acre estate, as well as renovated the cellars of the Domaine. The 259 acres of AOC Corbières vineyard are planted to carefully-selected traditional Languedoc varietals: Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache and Carignan. The vineyard is located near Narbonne, in the Corbières’ microclimate of Fontfroide and Boutenac.VINTAGE NOTES
This vintage had some challenging weather due to an excess of rain in the northern and southermost parts of the region, while the central area suffered from a shortage. In the Aussières’ vineyard, the weather resulted in unevenness between the various terroirs and grape varieties. However, the 2014 vintage presents a nice balance of the wines, with good levels of extraction, lovely aromatic finesse and plenty of freshness.WINEMAKING
The grapes were harvested between September 8th and October 12th. Vinification took place in the traditional Bordeaux method or carbonic maceration depending on the grape varietal. Fermentation took place in concrete and stainless steel vats. Maceration lasted 12-14 days. Ageing was 20% in barrels and 80% in vats for 18 months.TASTING NOTES
Dark red color with glints of violet. Intense nose of black fruit with some roasted notes. On the palate, notes of berries, elegant tannins present from the attack. Pleasant roundness, developing more complex notes of spices and garrigue.