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Chateau d'Aussieres Corbieres 2010

Rhone Red Blends from Corbieres, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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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. Hint of blackcurrants. An immediate sensation of density. The wine 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...and which deserves to be left in the bottle for at least a few months!

Critical Acclaim

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JS 92
James Suckling
Complex aromas of dried flowers, tar, meat, chocolate and berries. Leaves and mushrooms. Some strawberry too. Full-bodied, yet refined and delicate. Fine tannins. A long and delicious finish. 65% syrah, 18% mourvedre, 7% grenache and 10% carignan. Why wait?
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
From the 1,360-acre Corbieres estate that Barons de Rothschild acquired in 1999, this is spicy and compact, the wine hunkered down into its black fruit. With air it takes on layers, lightening from chocolate and prune up the flavor spectrum to red raspberry. The firmness of the tannins and slight astringency of the oak suggest it's best kept another few years in the cellar before opening it with duck cassoulet.
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Chateau d'Aussieres

Chateau d'Aussieres

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Chateau d'Aussieres, Corbieres, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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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.

Corbieres

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A significant appellation in the Languedoc region of southern France, Corbières produces impressively dense red wines from Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and often very old vine Carignan. While rarely mentioned, the region’s fresh dry whites and rosés shouldn’t be overlooked.

Rhône Blends

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, red Rhône blends originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley. Grenache, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre typically form the base of the blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. With some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in Priorat, Washington, Australia and California.

In the Glass

The taste profile of a Rhône blend will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit and a plush texture. Syrah supplies dark fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy and earthy notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume and earthy flavor as well as structure and a healthy dose of color. New World examples tend to be fruit-forward in style, while those from the Old World will often have more earth, structure and herbal components on top of ripe red and blue fruit.

Perfect Pairings

Rhône red blends typically make for very food-friendly wines. These can work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes, playing equally well with beef, pork, lamb or game. Braised beef cheeks, grilled steak or sausages, roasted pork and squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secret

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the red Rhône blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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