Corbières 2016Regular price $368.00 Sale price $288.00
Region: Corbières, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Size: 750 ml
Grapes: 48% Syrah, 37% Mourvèdre, 8% Grenache, 7% Carignan
Enjoy at 16-18°C
Decanting time: 1 hour
Château d’Aussières is the “cuvée d’excellence”, the product of a strict selection from the best plots in the vineyard, made in limited quantities. 40% is aged in oak barrels for 12 to 16 months. The wines express all the richness and elegance of the late-ripening, cool terroir.
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.
About the 2016 vintage of this wine
As in previous years, the weather varied enormously over the Languedoc region. The nearb Mediterranean coastline was strongly impacted by low rainfall, not only during the winter but also during the growing season. However, despite these particular conditions, a good vegetative growth throughout the growth cycle, from bud break to flowering and, finally, the ripening stage will caracterise this vintage. Proof that the combination of cool terroir and vines that are now reaching maturity, can meet the challenge of atypical weather conditions.
The constraints imposed by the climate still allowed excellent levels of ripeness on all our wine varietals, with beautiful aromatic expressions and good balance for all the plots, from first to last ripen fruits.
About Château d’Aussières
Acquired in 1999 by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), the 550 hectare estate has undergone a vast rehabilitation programme. 167 hectares of vines have been replanted with carefully selected traditional Languedoc grape varieties: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan, complemented by Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay. The estate buildings were restored at the same time and a new winery installed in the old cellars, in the heart of the vineyard.
The mature vines and substantial efforts to develop quality have enabled the serenity befitting a former abbey to be restored. The consistency and remarkable potential of the wines produced since 2003 have already positioned Aussières as one of the front runners in the revival of the Languedoc.
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