Lafite Roth­schild’s Château d’aus­sières Cor­bières shows rich­ness and deca­dence.

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Just about ev­ery­one knows Château Lafite Roth­schild. But many don’t know that the own­ers and the team be­hind Lafite are mak­ing a de­li­cious wine called Château d’aus­sières Cor­bières

in the south of France, near Nar­bonne. James Suck­ling says it shows the rich­ness and deca­dence of the Cor­bières ap­pel­la­tion, but with a pre­ci­sion and fi­nesse that could only come from the wine­mak­ers of the Bordeaux first growth

2006

Aro­mas of meat, smoke and tar, with loads of black pep­per. Full body, round and silky tan­nins, and an earthy fin­ish. Shows the den­sity and po­ten­tial of Aus­sières. Syrah and gre­nache.

89 points

2008

A pre­cise red with tar, black­berry, spice and stone. Full-bod­ied, round and fruity. 58% syrah, 32% mourvè­dre, 10% gre­nache. Drink now. 91 points

2010

Com­plex aro­mas of dried flow­ers, tar, meat, cho­co­late and berries. On the palate, leaves and mush­rooms, with some straw­berry. Full-bod­ied, yet re­fined and del­i­cate with fine tan­nins. Long and de­li­cious fin­ish. 65% syrah, 18% mourvè­dre, 10% carig­nan, 7% gre­nache. Why wait?

91 points

2012

Beau­ti­ful spice, tar and dried-berry char­ac­ter. Medium body, with a fresh fin­ish and bright acid­ity. Bit­ter cho­co­late, berry and wal­nut char­ac­ter. A suc­cess in a dif­fi­cult vintage. 75% syrah, 20% gre­nache, 5% mourvè­dre. Drink now. 90 points

2014

Young bar­rel sam­ple with fan­tas­tic fresh­ness and rich­ness. Flower petals, laven­der, black­berry, black pep­per, tar and rose­mary. Full body with firm tan­nins, and a long, beau­ti­ful fin­ish. 60% syrah, 15% carig­nan, 15% gre­nache, 10% mourvè­dre. Bot­tling in spring 2016.

92–93 points

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