Due to its exceptional geographical location, the unique wine-growing site and its history, Château d’Aussières is a place of wild, natural beauty that emanates tremendous power. These words of Baron Eric explain why he fell in love with Aussières and what led Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) to restore and revitalize one of the oldest and most beautiful wine-making properties in the Narbonne region. Château d’Aussières has made wine since the Roman era, a period when the great properties of the “Roman Province of Narbonne” were recorded in the land registry and became the main wine suppliers to Rome. In the year 92, the Edict of the Emperor Domitius put a halt to this by requiring the massive uprooting of vineyards in order to protect Roman production. The prosperity of the Languedoc’s wine-growing activity disappeared with the collapse of the Roman Empire and the ensuing battles over the territory between the Visigoths, Franks and Arabs. 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 2005 have already positioned Aussières as one of the front runners in the revival of the Languedoc.
Beautiful, strong, intense colour. The bouquet is initially characterized by notes from the barrel ageing with cocoa and a light woodiness, these are followed by the traditional notes of garrigue and spices. On the palate, the attack is clean and well-balanced. There is plenty of freshness with plump tannins that are already well integrated. The high proportion of Mourvèdre makes its mark in the slightly peppery finish.