Val de l'Ours

“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
In the Languedoc, the cold, wet winter, very wet spring, and substantial rain in June, brought the benefit of well-replenished groundwater reserves, and the inconvenience of rampant mildew that affected certain areas in the region.
Thanks to a very hot summer punctuated by regular, short spells of rain, accompanied by generally dry air and favourable temperatures with a marked difference with day and night-time temperatures, the characteristic of this vintage that will be remembered will be the very high quality of the harvest.
This propitious weather enabled the grapes to be picked at optimal ripeness. During the harvests, the Syrah stood out as having particularly flourished in this vintage’s slightly unusual weather conditions.
2018 presented all the characteristics of a fine vintage at Aussières and in the Languedoc generally.
Varietals
Syrah : 30%
Marselan : 25%
Merlot : 15%
Cabernet sauvignon : 10%
Cabernet franc : 10%
Autres : 10%

Tasting notes
Beautiful garnet colour with glints of deep purple.
The nose is initially quite discreet, offering fresh almonds and hint of smoke, it then develops aromas of blackberries and star anise with aeration.
Rounded, delicate palate with silky tannins on the finish.