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Chateau d'Aussieres Corbieres 2009

Rhone Red Blends from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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  • W&S90
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Winemaker Notes

Very dark, almost black garnet color. The nose is subtle but has superb depth. Perfectly integrated, almost imperceptible woodiness with a hint of blackcurrants. The wine has an immediate sensation of density and develops on the palate for a long time. It is full-bodied, without being aggressive. At the moment, the Syrah is very dominant, but is still very well complemented by the smoothness of the Mourvèdre. The finish is very long, remaining balanced with well-defined but perfectly blended tannins in a very classic DBR style. This is a wine that shows great potential.

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WE 91
Wine Enthusiast

This is a modern-style Corbières with dark, concentrated black fruit flavors of cherry, berry and plum flesh framed by a rich, sweet toasted oak character. The palate is lush and velvety, with notes of vanilla pod and chocolate fudge that stay through the long finish. Drink now-2014.

W&S 90
Wine & Spirits

From the 1,359-acre estate the Barons de Rothschild puchased in 1999, this is a chewy, savory wine. The braised beef scents open into roast plum flavor, its darkness echoed by licorice notes. It lasts long, buoyed by firm, fine tannins, a wine to drink now with Mediterranean stifado or to cellar for four to six years.

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Chateau d'Aussieres

Chateau d'Aussieres

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Chateau d'Aussieres, , France - Other regions
Chateau d'Aussieres
Château d'Aussières is located near Narbonne, in the Corbières in the microclimate of Fontfroide and Boutenac. Château d'Aussières has been since the Roman era, one of the great estates of the Languedoc. In the Middle Ages, it belonged to the celebrated Abbey of Fontfroide, its neighbor. With its exceptional location and terroir and by the force of its history, the Château d'Aussières is, a wild and natural property of intense and powerful beauty.

Acquired in 1999 by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite), the 550 hectare estate has undergone a vast rehabilitation programme. 167 hectares of vines have been replanted with carefully selected traditional Languedoc grape varieties: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan, complemented by Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay. The estate buildings were restored at the same time and a new winery installed in the old cellars, in the heart of the vineyard. State-of-the-art equipment and technology are seamlessly married to time-tested methods in the production of the wine.

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, Champagne is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to be labeled ‘Champagne’ within the EU and many New World countries, a wine must originate in this northeastern region of France and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide. Well-drained limestone chalk soil defines much of the region, lending a mineral component to the wines. The climate here is marginal—ample acidity is a requirement for sparkling wine, so overripe grapes are to be avoided. Weather differences from year to year create significant variation between vintages, and in order to maintain a consistent house style, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled varietally, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, delicacy, and elegance, as well as bright and lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit, and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body, and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while one comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

MNC20881F_2009 Item# 112760

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