2003, THE YEAR OF THE FIRST VINTAGE
Ten years ago, Château d’Aussières revealed for the first time the potential of the Languedoc terroir and the result of the vineyard work undertaken by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) since the end of the 1990s. The 2003 vintage of Château d’Aussières, the first from the estate, was born of a strict selection of the best vineyard parcels and a blend of local grape varieties: Syrah and Grenache, followed several years later by Mourvèdre and Carignan.
2013, THE AGE OF MATURITY
Tasting through 10 years of development at Château d’Aussières allows for a measure of the progress made in the vineyard as well as in the cellar: rigorous selection of vineyard parcels and hand picking, gradual changes in the winemaking, with traditional maceration increasingly replacing carbonic maceration, perfecting of the vinification of individual vineyard blocks . . . the wines reflect this progress across the vintages.
Eric Kohler, Technical Director of the Domaine, undertook a vertical tasting of the 10 wines and explains: “The tasting of the 10 wines produced allows us to assess the work achieved at Domaine d’Aussières and to show how our investment in quality has rapidly borne fruit. We can clearly see that the wines have become more powerful and more complex. We feel that year after year we have asserted the style of “Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite)” in the Languedoc, respecting the character, the opulence and the charm of the Corbières, without ever forgetting freshness, fine-grained tannins and balance.
Christophe Salin, President & CEO, comments: “Domaine d’Aussières is the story of an ambition: to produce in the Languedoc a wine in a unique style, taking advantage of the know-how of DBR (Lafite). A wine which can aspire to the status of a First. Ten years later, our gamble seems to have paid off.”
The result of this search and painstaking work, Château d’Aussières today represents the “Elegance of the South of France” among the wines of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite).