Aussières Rouge

Vin de pays d’Oc

Aussières Rouge combines the elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon with the power and character of Syrah, two star grape varieties of the Bordeaux and Mediterranean regions.

Aussières Rouge Vin de pays d’Oc

Vintages

  • Vintage 2016

    • Cabernet Sauvignon 60%
    • Syrah 40%

    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, finally, 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.
    Defying forecasts, 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 of the plots, from the first to ripen through to the last.

    TASTING NOTES (from the vat)

    Ruby red colour.
    Nose of red fruit and spices.
    On the palate, the Mediterranean influence on the Cabernet Sauvignon is very noticeable.
    Good length accompanied by fresh fruit.
    Best time to drink: 2017-2018

  • Vintage 2015

    • 60 % Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 40 % Syrah

    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: dark ruby colour.
    Nose: notes of red fruits and cinnamon.
    Palate: fine tannins, good structure brought by the Cabernet Sauvignon.
    Pleasant length in the mouth, fresh fruits and freshness.

  • Vintage 2014

    • 60% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 40% Syrah

    The Languedoc experienced very varied weather, 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 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)

    Bright ruby​ red with dark purple glints.
    The nose mingles notes of wild berries and cinnamon.
    On the palate, the Syrah offers delicate, refined flavours that combine perfectly with the Cabernet Sauvignon’s silky tannins. Good length, ending on notes of fresh fruit and a lingering freshness that make this a very elegant wine.
    Best time for drinking: 2015-2016.

  • Vintage 2013

    • 60% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 40% Syrah

    The Languedoc was spared the vagaries of the weather that affected France’s other wine-producing areas, but 2013 was still an unusual year in terms of climate.
    The winter of 2012/2013 brought little rain, but followed a very wet autumn that had enabled the formation of substantial water reserves, thereby ensuring a good start to the growing season.
    The typically mild Languedoc winter of 2013 was contrasted by a cold, wet spring. July and August were sunny and hot, enabling the vines to partially catch up after the delayed start to the growth cycle.
    A rather cool, dry September and October enabled slow ripening of the tannins, and helped preserve the freshness of all the grape varieties.

    TASTING NOTES (AT BOTTLING)

    Colour: Beautiful strong red colour lightly tinged with blue.
    Nose: Good aromatic complexity, with both grape varieties contributing to the bouquet.
    Palate: Rounded, supple attack supported by the vintage’s freshness with notes of red fruit. Powerful presence on the palate, prolonged with fine, well-ripened tannins.
    Best time for drinking: 2014-2015

  • Vintage 2012

    • 65% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 35% Syrah

    The winter of 2012 will be remembered for the long period of cold weather that dominated February, with 12 consecutive days of sub-zero 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 problems for this vintage occurred later in the season, with a rather cold September that ended with a stormy period. However, while this weather meant that the harvest was complicated, it did not affect the quality of the grapes.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Dark red colour with hints of violet.
    The nose reveals the wine’s youth with tangy notes of raspberries, strawberries and other red fruit, characteristic of the freshness of this vintage.
    On the palate, the attack is clean and precise, and the freshness is again very noticeable. Although still young, this is an elegant wine with a long, harmonious finish, supported by tannins that are already well integrated.

  • Vintage 2011

    • 70% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 30% Syrah

    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.
    This advance was lost in June and July because of the colder weather. Rain during the summer maintained sufficient water reserves for the grapes to ripen without any problems. The harvest period was accompanied by exceptionally warm autumn weather.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    Intense colour with glints of dark garnet.
    The nose has good intensity, with a definite presence of strawberry and cherry notes that is a common characteristic of the 2011 wines; this is a fresh, crisp vintage.
    On the palate, the attack is supple and direct, there is less concentration than in previous years, and it is in terms of finesse that this vintage really asserts itself. The finish is long and harmonious, well supported by the tannins, which are very elegant despite their youth.

  • Vintage 2010

    • 70% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 30% Syrah

    The winter of 2010 was cold, with unusually well-defined waves of low temperatures. The mild weather in April contrasted with the coldness of March and particularly that of May, when low temperatures, rain and even snow delayed the growth cycle of the early grape varieties. A hot summer with low rainfall did not allow the vines 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. Aussières’ “cool” terroir helped the vines withstand the dry period, but the harvest was 10 days later than the previous year.
    The mild days and cool nights of the autumn enabled slow ripening to give the vintage excellent balance.

     

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Very dark in colour, this wine immediately inspires a feeling of richness.
    Generous, open nose. The 2010 expresses more of its Languedoc character than Aussières Rouge in previous years, no doubt due to a more subtle expression of the Cabernet Sauvignon.
    This regional character is reinforced by the Syrah which is still very present. Slightly acidic notes of blackcurrants. 
    On the palate, the wine is soft, with lots of volume. The tannins are silky and fresh. The concentration is very good without being at all aggressive.The finish is long and the wine remains very homogeneous with excellent complementarity between the two grape varieties.

  • Vintage 2009

    • 60% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 40% Syrah

    Weather conditions were rather mixed in the Languedoc. A fairly rainy winter created 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 (180km/h), but very luckily the vineyard at Aussières was spared. High temperatures in the summer accelerated the ripening of early varieties like Chardonnay.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Beautiful intense garnet and violet colour. The complementary nature of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah is evident in the nose, the notes of liquorice and violet blend perfectly with the red fruit and spices of the Syrah. In the mouth the explosive full-bodied attack is very typical of a Languedoc wine. It then settles down, delicately becoming harmonious. The tannins are silky and well-rounded. The finish, full of freshness, again expresses liquorice and spices.

  • Vintage 2008

    • 55% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 30% Syrah
    • 15% other varieties (Grenache, Mourvèdre, Merlot and Cabernet Franc)

    The winter and spring of 2008 were very dry but fortunately, at the end of May, there was plenty of rain. Then, despite the severe overall dryness, the growth cycle was able to continue very favourably thanks to a few strategic showers. The Tramontana and the sea breeze followed one another through the summer, with regular sunshine and slightly below average temperatures.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Beautiful intense colour. Notes of liquorice and red fruit.

    Full-bodied attack, tannins are definitely present, but silky. The finish brings lots of freshness with a hint of spice.

  • Vintage 2007

    • 55% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 15% Grenache
    • 15% Syrah
    • 15% Mourvèdre

    In 2007, the weather in the Languedoc was excellent. Overall there was insufficient rain, but it fell at the right times, resulting in healthy growth up up to the harvests. Thanks to a very temperate summer, the different varieties all reached very good levels of ripeness, particularly the Bordeaux varieties.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Beautiful deep, garnet red colour. Good aromatic intensity with the characteristic nose of Languedoc Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Lovely notes of liquorice and blackcurrant, resulting from the vintages’s balanced weather conditions.

    Fresh, delicate attack on the palate. The wine develops fullness and complexity, each variety adding its qualities to the overall balance with a back palate punctuated with notes of cedar, pine and garrigue. Silky, elegant tannins. Long, steady, very pleasant finish.