- Château Ausone
- St Emilion
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2022 - 2035
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Goedhuis, April 2015,
The very high proportion of Cabernet Franc (60%) in this blend highlights the variety’s success in 2014. A stunning cuvée, with deliciously pure fruit characters, full of damsons, plums and loganberries. It is structured and yet silky; is almost has a Burgundian feel about it, with lovely grace and refinement. Beautifully sweet on the finish, high class indeed.
Neal Martin, April 2015,
Pauline Vauthier told me that this year, there is more Cabernet Franc in the blend of the Château Ausone 2014: 60% with 40% Merlot. Both she and father Alain felt that some of the young, 10-year old Cabernet Franc was worthy of promotion into the Grand Vin, which represents two barrels. It was picked between 4 and 11 October at 27hl/ha and matured in 85% new oak rather than the 100%, a slight reduction as has been their policy since the 2011 vintage. It has a very perfumed, floral bouquet with dark cherries and blueberry with a touch of orange blossom that develops with aeration. The palate is imbued with a sense of freshness and joie-de-vivre - a less "serious" Ausone than in the past, but perhaps one that exudes greater terroir expression and tension from start to finish. I was quite smitten by this Ausone that comes across more self-effacing compared to other vintages, surfeit with style and panache.
James Suckling, March 2015,
A juicy red with beautiful blueberry, blackberry and mineral character. Oyster shell and iodine. Full and tight with 60% cabernet franc instead of 50%. This gives a fresher and more linear character of Ausone. Fine finish. Fascinating with such purity.
Decanter, April 2015,
My Right Bank wine of the vintage, along with Lafleur (Pomerol). A record 60% Cabernet Franc in the blend. Powerful and fine at the same time. Racy dark fruit, liquorice and violet nose. Palate has real verve and tension as well as ample fruit. Strong tannic frame but tiny, fine tannins. Minerally presence. Balanced. Drink: 2022-2045
Matthew Jukes, May 2015,
(60 Cabernet Franc, 40 Merlot) The younger vine Cabernet Franc plantings, from 10 years ago, are now making the transition from Chapelle into Ausone and so this is the highest percentage of this variety in this wine to date. The target might well be around 70% in the future but for now this proportion is perfectly suited to the 2014 vintage, not least because the soils at Ausone love Cabernet Franc because of the terroir and exposition. The nose here is full and detailed with wild flowers and spices and the palate is rich and full without being heavy and it rolls on for minutes. Not a heavy wine, but a very concentrated, elegant one, the tannins and acidity drive it forwards with awesome momentum and it will inevitably soften into a lithe, silky, aromatically spectacular creation in time. The freshness and depth are staggering and this move towards a longer, finer style really suits this distinguished vintage.
Jancis Robinson, April 2015,
60% Cabernet Franc (more than usual), 40% Merlot. 20 months in 85% new oak. Not especially deep colour. Very sweet but much better oak management than at one time. Chestnut intensity. And some freshness. But it does not leap out of the glass yelling ‘top wine’! Something a bit sinewy. Plays the sweetness and freshness cards rather than alcohol and density. Quite playful. Drink 2024-2037
Tim Atkin, May 2015,
Scented, succulent and comparatively forward for Ausone, which can be a little grumpy in its youth, this is an open, accessible grand vin that’s a little too marked by its 85% new oak at present. The underlying texture is soft and attractive with acidity lifting the finish of the wine. Drink: 2022-30
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.