32% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 23% Mourvèdre, 18% Carignan
Due to its exceptional geographical location and unique wine-growing 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 Chardonnay.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.