Merlot

“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
Merlot : 100%

Tasting notes
Beautiful deep red colour with glints of violet.
On the nose, the characteristics of the Languedoc expression of Merlot are very noticeable. Scents of liquorice mingle with black fruit and ripe red berries, in the form of strawberry and blackberry jam, as well as notes of pomegranate and wild cherry. On the palate, the wine offers a pleasant complexity and quickly develops volume. Thanks to the fine, plump, mature tannins, there is a superb sensation of roundness. The relatively long finish offers an even broader aromatic palette with liquorice and sweet spices such as cloves. The richness and finesse of this vintage suggest an excellent potential to improve with age.