Chardonnay

“Such a wild natural place with great force and beauty and with land of exceptional potential”
When Eric de Rothschild visited Aussières in 1999 he was immediately charmed by this place of untamed beauty, with amazing soul and history. The 170 hectares at the centre of the estate had been used to grow grapes for the better part of the last 2000 years. Over the past 20 years, tremendous work and investments have been engaged in both the vineyard and the winery, and Aussières is now recognized as one of the spearheads of Languedoc's renewal.

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 : 70%
Sauvignon blanc : 10%
Vermentino : 7%
Bourboulenc : 5%
Roussanne : 3%
Grenache blanc : 3%
Marsanne : 2%

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.