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
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 dry air and favourable temperatures with a marked difference between day and night-time temperatures, the characteristic of the vintage that will be most remembered is the exceptional 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 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.
Once again this year, this Val de L'Ours Merlot is blend of the Domaine's wines and wines selected from the best terroirs for Merlot in the Languedoc.
Varietals
Merlot : 100%

Tasting notes
Beautiful deep, dark red with glints of crimson.
The nose opens with notes of pomegranate and blackberries, characteristic of this grape variety in the Languedoc.
On the palate, after a clean, direct attack with the same black fruit, the wine develops good volume and evolves towards liquorice and slightly peppery notes; the finish is long with pleasant sensation of freshness.
The very appealing, crisp style of this Merlot offers an excellent expression of the 2018 vintage.