Aussières Chardonnay

Domaine d'Aussières
Aussières was built on a fertile ecosystem where nature and people come together to learn from each other and create. Our village is very much a living place, where dialogue is the cardinal value. A dialogue of many kinds: between the elements, between the generations that have labored its grounds, between its villagers and craftsmen, and between the wine world’s different schools of thought.That is what moves us forward, ultimately creating wines that tell a story of place, respect and nuance.

The vintage
The relatively mild winter in 2020 led to an early bud break and increased the threat of fungal diseases. A warm, relatively wet summer, with a hot, dry late summer period, without scorching high temperatures, allowed the grapes to reach their optimal aromatic potential slowly, while maintaining a sufficient level of acidity.
As the growth cycle progressed, the vines lost some of their earliness and the grapes were harvested about ten days earlier than the previous vintage.
Varietals
Chardonnay : 85%
Sauvignon blanc : 5%
Vermentino : 3%
Bourboulenc : 2%
Roussanne : 2%
Grenache blanc : 2%
Marsanne : 1%

Tasting notes
Aussières Blanc 2020 has a rich, complex nose in which one finds notes of flowers (lily of the valley, broom), patisserie (butter, brioche), ripe fruit (apricots) and honey.
On the palate, the attack is round, and the wine has a lively, fresh character.
There is the minerality that also constitutes Aussières Blanc’s identity, and which here underscores a broad palette of fruity (tart apple, cider apple), and sweet dessert notes.
A hint of freshly grated hazelnut brings the wine to a very harmonious finish.