Wine Maker Notes
Very dark in color, this wine immediately inspires a feeling of richness. Generous, open nose. The 2010 expresses more of its Languedoc character than Val de L’Ours Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah has in previous years, no doubt due to a more subtle expression of the Cabernet Sauvignon. This regional character is reinforced by the Syrah which is still very present. Slightly acidic notes of blackcurrants. On the palate, the wine is immediately soft, with lots of volume. The tannins are silky and fresh. The concentration is very good without being at all aggressive. The finish is long and the wine remains very homogeneous with excellent complementarity between the two grape varieties.The vineyard is located near Narbonne, in the Corbieres’ microclimate of Fontfroide and Boutenac. Chateau d’Aussieres 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, terroir and by the force of its history, the Chateau d’Aussieres is, a wild and natural property of intense and powerful beauty. Since 1999, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) have revitalized over 395 acres of vineyards on the 1,359 acre estate, as well as renovated the cellars of the Chateau.The 140 acres of Vin de Pays vineyards are planted to: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay , Petit Verdot & Alicante Bouchet.The winter of 2010 was cold, with several long periods of low temperatures. The mild weather in April contrasted with the coolness in March and even more so with May. During the latter, low temperatures, rain and snow delayed the growth cycle of the early varieties. The hot summer with very little rain prevented them from ever catching up. Despite a very wet May and regular - but limited - rain during the winter, rainfall for the year was lower than usual in 2010. The ””freshness”” of the Val de L’Ours terroir greatly helped the vineyard to cope with the dry period but the harvests took place ten days later than in 2009. In the autumn, the mild days and cool nights enabled slow ripening to give the vintage excellent balance. The parcels used to produce Val de L’Ours Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah were harvested between the 17th of September thru the 16th of October. Vinified in the Traditional Bordeaux style. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats. Maceration lasts about 10-15 days. Aged for 8-12 months in stainless steel vats.
Alcohol 14.00% , Total acidity: 3.22 g/l PH : 3.72 Residual sugar: < 2g/l