Chateau d’Aussieres Corbieres AC, Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite

£28.50 / bottle
£324.90 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Chateau d’Aussiere is a red wine produced by Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite in the Corbieres wine-growing region of in the Languedoc-Roussillon.

Domaine D’Aussières was acquired by Domaines Barons de Rothschild in 1999 and, since then, this 550 hectare estate has undergone a vast rehabilitation programme. It is now one of the most prestigious, and high quality, wine estates in the Corbieres Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC). Corbieres is the largest AOC in the Languedoc-Roussillon wine producing region and was created in 1985. Historically there had been an awful lot of cheap wine produced in the region and, for many years, Corbieres was never really considered to be region to look to for a quality wine. Today there are a number of producers, including Domaine d’Aussieres trying to change this. Other names to look out for are Les Clos Perdus, Chateau Aiguilloux and Clos de l’Anhel.

Domaine d’Aussieres consists of 167 hectares of vines which have been replanted with carefully selected traditional Languedoc grape varieties: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan, complemented by Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay. The vineyard is situated close to Narbonne, at the heart of the “Fontfroide terroir”. The soil is very shallow and stony on the higher slopes, contains sand and sandstone at the base of the hills and becomes deeper and sandier in the plains. In some parts of the vineyard, outcrops of pink sandstone make mechanical work difficult. The estate buildings (an entire small village, in fact) were restored at the same time and a new winery, with State-of-the-art equipment and technology, has been installed in the old cellars, in the heart of the vineyard.

Château d’Aussières is the top cuvee resulting from very strict selection from the best parcels of the vineyard and produced in limited quantity. 40% is aged in oak barrels during 12 to 16 months. This is a a wine of density and exceptional finesse which fully express the richness of the late-ripening and cool terroir, perfect for producing elegant wines.

The Chateau d’Aussieres 2016 vintage is a blend of 48% Syrah, 37% Mourvedre, 8% Grenache, and 7% Carignan.

The second wine is Blason d’Aussieres.

Tasting Notes

From Lafite: “Initially, the nose presents oak and roasted notes from the barrel ageing, it then becomes more complex with a hint of cloves and liquorice. On the palate, the attack is reserved but very refined, confirming the wine’s youth. With a little aeration it quickly develops volume, offering notes of black fruit and spices. The substantial proportion of Mourvèdre in this year’s blend, in combination with the balance of the Syrah and the Mediterranean characters of the Grenache and the Carignan, gives the wine a very elegant tannic structure. Well-integrated notes from the barrel ageing mingle harmoniously in a long, lingering finish.”

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