Aussières Blanc

Vin de pays d’Oc

Made with special care, Aussières’ “Blanc” is a Chardonnay that combines liveliness, smoothness and fruit.

Aussières Blanc Vin de pays d’Oc

Vintages

  • Vintage 2016

    • 100% Chardonnay

    As in previous years, 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.

    However, this very special vintage enabled a good expression of the vines throughout the growth cycle, from bud break to flowering and the ripening stage. Proof that the combination of our cool terroir and plots that are now reaching maturity, was able to able to meet the challenge provided by this vintage’s atypical weather conditions.

    Against all expectations, 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.

    TASTING NOTES (March 2017)

    Colour: Beautiful bright yellow with pale green highlights.
    Nose: Light notes of pink grapefruit and almond blossom.
    Palate: This Chardonnay reveals the complexity of the 2016 vintage in the Languedoc. Ageing on the lees gives the wine richness and body, that are accompanied by freshness and finesse through to the particularly long finish.

  • Vintage 2015

    • 100% Chardonnay

    As in previous years, the weather varied enormously over the Languedoc region. In the north, there was heavy rain at the end of the summer, while in the Narbonne area, further to the south, there was hardly a drop of rain over the same period.

    At Aussières, the weather provided ideal conditions for the vines throughout the growing season, from bud break, through flowering and ripening.

    Thanks to these consistently good conditions, all of our plots were able to reach optimal ripeness, offering excellent aromatic expression and perfect balance for all varieties: from the early-ripening Chardonnay to the later-ripening Mourvèdre and Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Tasting notes (at bottling):

    Colour: Fine, clear yellow colour with glints of green
    Nose: Notes of citrus fruit zest mingled with white flowers.
    Palate: Generous, with plenty of volume, a fresh, lively attack, typical of the Chardonnay grown on the Languedoc’s “cool” terroirs.
    Best time for drinking: 2016-2017.

  • Vintage 2014

    • 100% Chardonnay

    The Languedoc underwent marked disparities in terms of climate, particularly regarding rainfall, which impacted each production zone differently. The northern and southernmost parts of the region tended to receive an excess of rain, while the central area suffered from a shortage.
    Even within Aussières’ vineyard, this year’s weather resulted in an unevenness between the various terroirs and grape varieties.
    Despite very different conditions from the previous vintage, 2014 presents some similarities in terms of the balance of the wines, with good levels of extraction, lovely aromatic finesse and plenty of freshness.

    TASTING NOTES (AT BOTTLING)

    Colour: Fine strong yellow colour with beautiful glints of green
    Nose: The nose develops notes of citrus fruit and melon.
    Palate: The pleasantly lively attack supports a well-rounded, persistent palate. Very long, the palate maintains its elegance and finesse throughout tasting.
    It provides a confirmation of the quality of the 2014 vintage for this grape variety, with all the characteristics that have been targeted for Aussières’ Chardonnay since its creation with freshness, roundness, vivacity, aromatic depth, balance and finesse.
    Best time for drinking: 2015-2016.

  • Vintage 2013

    • 100% Chardonnay

    The Languedoc was spared the vagaries of the weather that affected France’s other wine-producing areas, but 2013 was still an usual year in terms of climate.
    The abundant rain in the autumn of 2012 enabled the accumulation of substantial water reserves, ensuring a good start to the growth cycle. With fairly typical temperatures for the Languedoc, the winter of 2013 was mild and not very rainy, in contrast to the cold, wet spring. July and August were sunny and hot, enabling the vines to partially catch up after the slow start to the growth cycle.
    A rather cool, dry September and October permitted a slow ripening of the tannins, and helped preserve the freshness all of the grape varieties.

    Tasting notes (at bottling):

    Colour: Rather light yellow with glints of green.
    Nose: The first notes suggest summer fruit, such as apricots and yellow peaches. The nose then develops aromatic finesse with floral notes.
    Palate: The attack is lively and silky. Good freshness for the entire length of the palate. Exotic fruit mingled with citrus notes on the finish.

  • Vintage 2012

    • 100% Chardonnay

    The winter of 2012 was characterized by the long period of cold weather that dominated February, with 12 consecutive days of subzero temperatures, and minimum values very rarely seen in the region (approaching -10°C). The particularly dry winter led to fears of a water deficit, but March, April and June brought plenty of rain and prevented any significant water stress. The summer period benefited from normal temperatures and rainfall. The only problems for this vintage occurred late in the season, with a rather cold September that ended with a stormy period. However, this did not affect the quality of the Chardonnay, which was harvested during the first week.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Colour: Light yellow with hints of pale green
    Nose: Great aromatic finesse, the nose initially offers very fresh yellow grapefruit aromas and then evolves with more subtle notes of white flowers.
    Palate: The attack again presents great finesse, evolving with aniseedy, slightly minty notes. The palate then develops volume, without being heavy and the rich finish lingers with lively citrus notes.

  • Vintage 2011

    • 100% Chardonnay

    2011 began with a rather cold winter with significantly low rainfall and varying amounts of sunshine. In the spring, unlike other wine producing areas in France, the Languedoc had regular rain. Temperatures on the mild side accelerated the growth cycle, resulting in an advance of nearly 15 days by the start of the summer.
    However, this advance gradually disappeared during June and July, which were characterized by several cold periods. Rain during the summer enabled sufficient water reserves to be maintained for the grapes to change colour and ripen without any problems. The entire 2011 harvest period was accompanied by exceptionally warm autumn weather.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Fine, bright, sparkling colour, of a slightly more pronounced yellow than usual.
    Refined, fresh nose of vine flowers and pears. Lovely lively, fresh attack on the palate with good volume, without being excessively rich or smooth; notes of fresh mint and aniseed. The wine’s characteristic liveliness enhances the general freshness and a fine minerality. As in all years, Aussières Blanc breaks away from the traditional Languedoc style.

  • Vintage 2010

    • 100% Chardonnay

    The winter of 2010 was cold, with several waves of very low temperatures.
    The mild weather in April contrasted with the coolness in March and even more so with May. During the latter, low temperatures, rain and snow delayed the growth cycle of the early varieties. The hot summer with very little rain did not allow them to catch up.
    Despite a very wet May and regular – but limited – rain during the winter, rainfall for the year was lower than usual in 2010. The “freshness” of the Aussières terroir greatly helped the vineyard to cope with the dry period but the harvests took place ten days later than in 2009.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Beautiful bright yellow with particularly pronounced hints of green. Occasional strings of bubbles.
    Clean, fresh nose. Pleasant citrus notes of lime and kumquat. Also white flowers, very characteristic of Aussières Blanc.
    The attack is direct and vigorous. The wine then becomes softer and more supple, but without losing its freshness. Good balance between smoothness and acidity provides solid structure.
    The finish remains strong and balanced. The richness of the Chardonnay is well expressed, without any heaviness.

  • Vintage 2009

    • 100% Chardonnay

    Weather conditions were rather mixed in the Languedoc. A fairly rainy winter ensured good water reserves and mild temperatures during April and May encouraged growth. The Klaus storm passed in January 2009 causing damage in several parts of the region with winds reaching 110 mph (180 km/h), but fortunately the vineyard at Aussières was spared. High temperatures in the summer accelerated the ripening of early varieties like Chardonnay.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Beautiful pale yellow colour with lovely hints of green. Delightful, elegant nose with citrus and exotic fruit aromas. Slightly woody notes develop and blend into the bouquet. Subtle, delicate attack quickly followed by a pleasing roundness and plenty of freshness. This wine has good body and just the right balance between acidity and smoothness.