In the Languedoc, the 2018 vintage began with a cold, wet winter followed by an extremely wet spring. Substantial rain in June enabled water reserves to be replenished. Thanks to a very hot summer punctuated by regular, short spells of rain, accompanied by dry air and favourable temperatures with a marked difference between day and night-time temperatures, the characteristic of the vintage that will be most remembered is the exceptional quality of the harvest. This propitious weather enabled the grapes to be picked at optimal ripeness. During the harvests, the Syrah stood out as having flourished in this vintage’s slightly unusual weather conditions. 2018 presented all the characteristics of a fine vintage at Aussières and in the Languedoc generally. The plots used to produce Jardins d'Aussières were harvested between 19 September and 8 October 2018.
The estate is nestled in the rugged hills just behind the Mediterranean coastline of Narbonne, in the South of France.
Jardins is made from vines planted on deeper soils that confers the vines less water stress than the shallow soils of the plots going into the Grand Vin. The resulting wines is comparatively fruitier and more accessible in style. The traditionnal Corbières blend is made predominently of Syrah, with Carignan, Mourvèdre and Grenache, whilst the cooler terroir of Ausisères confer the wine its exceptionnel balance and finesse.
Jardins d'Aussières is made according to the traditionnal method. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel and concrete tanks. The Carignan partially undergo carbonic maceration, contributing to its distinctive style. During fermentation regular pump over allow a gentle extraction of the tannins and phenolic compounds. Once the fermentation is completed, the wine is left untouched for a couple of days. Total maceration time stretches 15-20 days.
Beautiful, deep dark-red colour.
The nose is still somewhat reserved, offering aromas of spices and garrigue mingled with toasted notes from the barrel ageing.
A generous, harmonious wine on the palate, revealing black fruit and spices, supported by silky, elegant tannins Well-balanced, this wine can be enjoyed now, but will also keep for several more years.
: 39 %
Grenache : 35 %
Carignan : 19 %
Mourvèdre : 7 %