1995 Ch Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 12x75cl
0695AUSO _ 1995 - Ch Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 12x75cl
  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Ausone
  • Region St Emilion
  • Grape Merlot / Cabernet Franc
  • Drinking 2006 - 2040
  • Case size 12x75cl
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1995 - Ch Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 12x75cl

  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Ausone
  • Region St Emilion
  • Grape Merlot / Cabernet Franc
  • Drinking 2006 - 2040
  • Case size 12x75cl
  • Available Now
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  • Robert Parker, April 1996, Score: 89-92

    The 1995 represents a directional shift in winemaking. With the malolactic fermentation done in barrel, this is a more flattering, sexy, spice, and appealing wine than the 1994. Dark ruby/purple-colored, with a sweet, smoky nose of violets, cassis, minerals, and earth, this medium-bodied, richly fruity, elegant wine possesses a beautiful mid-palate, and an endearing texture, yet it never comes across as heavy or overbearing. Low acidity and excellent depth suggest this wine will be approachable in 5-10 years and will keep for 20-25. Will Ausone's fabulous terroir be more or less expressed because of this new philosophy of vinification? Time will tell.All of the wines in this segment were tasted between March 19 and March 28 in Bordeaux. Most of the important wines from both the 1994 and 1995 vintages were tasted three separate times during my ten-day stay in Bordeaux. Drink: 2001-2021.

  • Robert Parker, February 1997, Score: 92-93

    Ausone's 1995 has turned out to be an exceptional success for this property. After numerous years of infighting among the owners, Alain Vauthier emerged victorious. This is the first vintage in which he has completely controlled the wine's viticulture, vinification, and upbringing. With malolactic fermentation in barrel, and the omnipresent, highly talented Michel Rolland providing guidance, this deep ruby/purple-colored wine has evolved beautifully since I tasted it in March, 1996. Readers who may have been worried about Ausone's "typicity" or terroir being submerged behind the Rolland-directed vinification, should be relieved to know that the property's vivid mineral character, along with a Musigny-like, violet, black-cherry/cassis component have emerged. Some new oak is still noticeable, but far less than last year. The wine is medium to full-bodied, tannic, and backward, as well as gorgeously pure, ripe, and multi-layered. This is a classic, potentially top-class Ausone for drinking between 2007-2035. P.S. Just wait until you read my tasting notes on the 1996 in the April issue!

  • Robert Parker, January 1998, Score: 93

    Ausone's 1995 has turned out to be an exceptional success for this property. After numerous years of infighting among the owners, Alain Vauthier emerged victorious. This is the first vintage in which he has completely controlled the wine's viticulture, vinification, and upbringing. With malolactic fermentation in barrel, and the omnipresent, highly talented Michel Rolland providing guidance, this deep ruby/purple-colored wine has evolved beautifully since I tasted it in March, 1996. Readers who may have been worried about Ausone's "typicity" or terroir being submerged behind the Rolland-directed vinification, should be relieved to know that the property's vivid mineral character, along with a Musigny-like, violet, black-cherry/cassis component have emerged. Some new oak is still noticeable, but far less than last year. The wine is medium to full-bodied, tannic, and backward, as well as gorgeously pure, ripe, and multi-layered. This is a classic, potentially top-class Ausone for drinking between 2007-2035. Last tasted 11/97.

  • Robert Parker, January 2003, Score: 93

    Ausone's extraordinary minerality is present in the 1995, yet there are more aromatics, a richer, more multidimensional palate impression, and a fuller texture - all with the terroir brilliantly expressed. The wine boasts a dense ruby/purple color and an emerging but tightly-knit nose of spring flowers, minerals, earth, and black fruits. Rich, with an opulent texture and surprising sexiness for a young vintage of Ausone, the medium-bodied 1995 displays exquisite balance between its acid, tannin, alcohol, and fruit. Although it is not yet seamless, all the elements are present for an extraordinary evolution in the bottle. This wine will age at a glacial pace for 30-40 years. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2045. Last tasted, 3/01.

  • Robert Parker, February 1998, Score: 93

    1995 will be remembered as an historic vintage for Ausone. It is the first year where, after more than a decade of infighting among the owners, Alain Vauthier emerged as the sole proprietor, and thus had complete control of the wine's viticulture, vinification, and up-bringing. Ausone's extraordinary minerality is present in the 1995, yet there are more aromatics, a richer, more multidimensional palate impression, and a fuller texture - all with the terroir brilliantly expressed. The wine boasts a dense ruby/purple color, and an emerging but tightly-knit nose of spring flowers, minerals, earth, and black fruits. Rich, with an opulent texture, and surprising sexiness for a young vintage of Ausone, the medium-bodied 1995 displays exquisite balance between its acid, tannin, alcohol, and fruit. Although it is not yet seamless, all the elements are present for an extraordinary evolution in the bottle. Given its backward style, this wine will require 5-7 years of cellaring, and will age at a glacial pace for 30-40 years. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2045.

Producer

Château Ausone

Known the world over for its magnificent terroir, Château Ausone is located at the core of St. Emilion at the top of a south facing hillside. It is here where one can breathe in the spectacular views over the Dordogne Valley. Breathing in to prevent a heart attack may not be such a bad idea either as its steep, slippery and ancient cobbled one-lane road is absolutely frightening. But after reaching its heights, one is trans...Read more

Known the world over for its magnificent terroir, Château Ausone is located at the core of St. Emilion at the top of a south facing hillside. It is here where one can breathe in the spectacular views over the Dordogne Valley. Breathing in to prevent a heart attack may not be such a bad idea either as its steep, slippery and ancient cobbled one-lane road is absolutely frightening. But after reaching its heights, one is transported to calm serenity by its cathedral-like hushed presence and of course its profound and silky wines.Ausone takes its name from the Roman poet Ausonius who supposedly owned vineyards around St. Emilion many years ago, and although he has long departed another creator has taken his place. Since the mid 1990s, the meticulous and thorough Alain Vauthier has been in charge of this historic estate. No expense has been spared in helping him create the most alluring wines possible. Notably modern in style, they are rich and clean with nuances of fine new oak barrels and opulent fruit. Despite his success, the same problem remains - very little wine. Its vineyard area measures less than 1/5 the size of neighbouring Cheval Blanc.Read less

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.