- Château Ausone
- St Emilion
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2010 - 2025
- Case size
- Available Now
Robert Parker, April 2002,
Is the 1999 Ausone the wine of the vintage? Dense purple color, a compelling bouquet of licorice, minerals, black and blueberry liqueur, extraordinary delineation, high tannin, superb extract, and phenomenal richness all are the stuff of a legend. This wine seems impossible to have emerged from a vintage like 1999. Proprietor Alain Vauthier produced only 20,000 bottles because he eliminated one-fourth of the tiny crop. The result is out-and-out fabulous, but the wine needs 12-15 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050.
Robert Parker, April 2001,
Readers should not hesitate to check out Ausone's new second wine, Chapelle d'Ausone. It reveals Ausone's minerality, finesse, and quality presented in a lower-keyed, more open-knit style. The 1999 is nearly spectacular. Whether it will ultimately have immortal aging potential remains to be seen. It boasts gorgeous aromas of black fruits, flowers, smoke, licorice, and subtle wood. Fabulously concentrated, with sensational persistence on the palate, sweet tannin, and admirable balance as well as stature, this is a medium-bodied wine of exceptional pedigree and aging potential. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2040. As I wrote last year, this will undoubtedly be the longest lived wine of the vintage.
Robert Parker, April 2000,
Ausone appears to be exploiting its potential now that Alain Vauthier has full control, and former winemaker, Pascal Delbeck is no longer a factor. The saturated purple-colored 1999 boasts a glorious bouquet of liquid minerals, smoke, flowers, and black fruits. Exceptionally pure, with remarkable delineation, this low acid effort possesses high tannin, formidable concentration and extract, sensational palate presence, and a 40+ second finish. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035.
Clive Coates, April 2003,
Full colour. Full, rich and concentrated on the nose. Just a bit solid. Splendid on the palate. Medium-full body. Rich and intense. Very good fruit. Slightly oaky. Very good grip. This has vigour, depth and class. Very fine. Drink: 2010-2025
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.
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.