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, 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
Syrah : 36%
Merlot : 18%
Cabernet sauvignon : 14%
Cabernet franc : 12%
Mourvèdre : 6%
Marselan : 5%
Grenache noir : 5%
Alicante-henri-bouschet : 4%

Tasting notes
This vintage has a beautiful intense colour with glints of plum and offers an excellent representation of the red Aussières character.
The nose has a rich aromatic profile, with pronounced Mediterranean aromas typical of our terroir: sweet spices, liquorice, stewed garrigue fruit such as figs, redcurrants, strawberry tree and a hint of almond.
On the palate, the wine is very harmonious, revealing a pleasant balance.
Soft, elegant tannins coat flavours of Mediterranean cuisine such as piquillo peppers stuffed with tapenade, accompanied by notes of smoked tea and cigar.
With a multi-faceted character, Aussières Rouge is a very flexible wine that can be consumed on almost any occasion and be paired with a wide variety of foods.