Aussières Le Héron

“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
Grenache noir : 30%
Syrah : 29%
Cabernet franc : 12%
Marselan : 10%
Alicante : 10%
Cabernet sauvignon : 7%
Mourvèdre : 2%

Tasting notes
This 2020 vintage has an intense, dark colour with glints of purple.
On aeration, the nose opens up substantially offering a rich aromatic profile, with pronounced Mediterranean aromas typical of our terroir, with sweet spices, liquorice, stewed garrigue fruit (figs, redcurrants, strawberry tree, almonds).
The palate is very pleasant, characterized by balance and harmony. Soft, elegant tannins coat flavours of Mediterranean cuisine (piquillo peppers stuffed with tapenade, fig jam, etc.), accompanied by notes of smoked tea and cigar.
A wine with a multi-faceted character, Aussières Rouge can be consumed on almost any occasion and be paired with a very wide variety of foods.