2005 - Ch Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
06A5AUSO6PK _ 2005 - Ch Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 6x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Ausone
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2022 - 2050
Case size
6x75cl

2005 CH AUSONE 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Ausone
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2022 - 2050
Case size
6x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2006,
    Score: 95-97

    A half breed between modern and traditional, the 2005 Ausone displays superlative ripeness yet with fantastic focus. Its blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot has no doubt had an influence on its plush but linear style. With notes of blueberry, dark chocolate and toasty new oak, it is finely balanced between alcohol, tannin and acidity. An excellent 2005. Sadly we don't get much.Drink 2015 - 2035+.

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 2008,
    Score: 100

    A tiny production of just over 1,300 cases will make the 2005 Ausone impossible to find, but proprietor Alain Vauthier continues to exhibit the Midas touch with his perfectionist efforts at this estate. This brilliant, blue/black-hued offering reveals an extraordinarily youthful, but promising nose of incense, blueberries, blackberries, currants, licorice, and crushed rocks. This intense 2005 boasts powerful, super-layered, multidimensional flavors with tremendous extraction, yet they come across as incredibly sublime, even delicate for such a stunningly concentrated, full-bodied effort. A masterpiece of concentration and balance, it will no doubt be drinking well a century from now. Anticipated maturity: 2030-2080+.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2007,
    Score: 92-94

    From a terroir that most Bordelais (even the Medoc aristocrats) acknowledge as possibly unequaled anywhere else in this vast region, he has made a strict selection for the grand vin, resulting in a second wine that is to die for. The amazing 2005 La Chapelle d'Ausone (500-600 cases produced) isbetter than almost every Ausone made in the fifties, sixties, and seventies. It boasts a dense purple color along with a beautiful perfume of crushed rocks, figs, plums, and raspberries. Super-rich and thick in the mouth, with superb acidity, unbelievable ripeness, and an amazingly long finish, it will drink well in 7-8 years, and should keep for three decades or longer. Alain Vauthier has accomplished such extraordinary things at Ausone over the last few vintages, it is difficult to imagine the 2005s might be the pinnacle of his achievement. However, Vauthier never rests on the status quo ... so who knows? Drink: 2022

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2006,
    Score: 96-100

    Im not going out on a limb saying the 2005 Ausone is better than the 2003, 2000, etc., but it is certainly at the same level. It is a wine of great intensity with extraordinary extract as well as a seamless integration of huge levels of tannin and alcohol. Amazingly deep and multilayered, but so ethereal it must be tasted to be believed, it is a rich, full-throttle offering that should outlive us all. It should not be consumed before 2020, but I suspect 95% of it will be long gone by then. Kudos to Alain Vauthier for pushing the envelope as far as anyone in Bordeaux is doing today. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2100!

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2006,
    Score: 18.5 Points

    Exceptionally deep, blackish, leathery nose - brilliant intensity. Smooth ripe mulberries and tar as well. All very well melded. Very rich and round and concentrated. Extremely intense. Lovely satin texture - very stereotype 'masculine' and almost brutal on the palate. Extraordinary intensity but this will have to be kept a LONG time. Beef extract yet freshness. Great density and yet finesse too. Very dry. Definitely meaty. Drink 2016-30. 18.5 Points.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2006,
    Score: 95-100

    Loads of blackberry, spice and toasted oak character. Full-bodied, with layers of velvety tannins and amazing fruit. Long and seductive. Layered. This could be even better than the 2003 and 2000. Fantastic.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2006,
    Score: 95-100

    Loads of blackberry, spice and toasted oak character. Full-bodied, with layers of velvety tannins and amazing fruit. Long and seductive. Layered. This could be even better than the 2003 and 2000. Fantastic.

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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 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.

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.