Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Domaines Listel joined forces to revitalize one of the oldest and most beautiful wine-making estates in the Languedoc, Château d'Aussières. 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. 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. The 167 hectare vineyard is situated close to Narbonne, in the Corbières wine appellation, at the heart of the “Fontfroide terroir”. Two thirds of the vineyard are in the Corbières AOC appellation (grape varieties: Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault) and one third in the Vin de Pays d’Oc appellation (Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot). The vineyard is managed following traditional Corbières growing practices with 4400 trellised vine plants per hectare. As the vineyard is very young, yields are deliberately kept low (about 35hl/ha) to promote good root system development and vine health while ensuring a high quality crop. 40% of Château d'Aussières is aged in oak barrels (half of which are new) and bottled after 12 to 16 months ageing. 20% of the Blason d'Aussières is aged in barrels and bottled after 12 months ageing. The barrels are supplied by the Domaines’ Cooperage in Pauillac. Aussières Red is aged in vats and bottled the year after the harvest. The Aussières White is bottled in the spring after the harvest in order to preserve its freshness.