The well-known Aubert family has been living in Saint-Émilion since 1750 and has a long and successful history as producers of some of Bordeaux’s finest wines.
Alain and Bernadette Aubert own over 600 acres of vineyard property, making them one of the largest family producers on the Right Bank. Their daughter, Amélie Aubert, is the 7th generation of the family to take over the reins of the family’s winemaking responsibilities.
The Aubert domaine extends to seven notable chateaux in the appellations of Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, Côtes-de-Bordeaux and Castillon, including Château Macard, Château de Ribebon, Château Hyot, Château Haut-Gravet, and Château La Couspaude.
“Healthy grapes are the key to success,” explains winemaker Amélie Aubert.
The vines range in age from 40 to 100 years, depending on the appellation, and are planted in the ancient gravel, clay-limestone and sandy soils of the region. Depending on the appellation, vine density is up to 6,000 vines per hectare, which is the level of density found on Grand Cru properties.
The vines are tended to by hand with the utmost respect for the environment and local ecology.
To allow every piece of the vineyard to fully express itself prior to blending, each varietal, and each parcel, is harvested separately, and 100% by hand.
A green harvest is done and the grapes are de-stemmed and de-budded prior to making their way to the winery.
To extract color and polyphenols, cold maceration of the grapes is done for one week, with a gentle extraction for three weeks. The wines are then aged from 12 to 24 months in French oak barrels, depending on the origin of the wine, with varying combinations of new and one-year old barrels. Again, depending on the appellation in question, there may also be a malolactic fermentation in barrel, along with aging on the lees.