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, after a mild winter and a cool spring, temperatures rose, reaching a peak throughout the region at the end of June; this was followed by a hot summer. Fortunately, Aussières escaped the drought and the heatwave thanks to its ally the wind; in particular from the south-east: the “Marin” which brings just the right amount of moisture for the vines’ growth. Finally, some rain at the beginning of September enabled the grapes to reach the desired levels of ripeness.
The Carignan, Mourvèdre and Grenache benefited the most from these conditions and in this vintage reveal superb freshness and aromatic intensity.
Varietals
Merlot : 100%

Tasting notes
The nose presents voluptuous notes such as prunes and black cherries.
On aeration, aromas of fruit-based liqueur emerge with a hint of redcurrant acidity.
The first signs of ageing are apparent with some notes of propolis, bay and balsamic oil.
The palate has a tea and fresh hay profile, accompanied by menthol and aniseed notes. A secondary, spicier palate emerges, enriched with notes of paprika and grey pepper in a very harmonious finish.