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Château Ausone




St Emilion

Grape Variety:

Merlot Cabernet

Château Ausone, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2009

3x75cl £2,400.00

1 case Equiv. £800.00 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

Alain Vauthier's flagship estate arguably possesses the greatest terroir in Bordeaux. The steep limestone slopes that lead up to the Chateau are planted with 50 year old vines that regularly produce quite exceptional, ethereal, complex, even intellectual wines. Produced from 45% Merlot and 55% Cabernet Franc, the 2009 Ausone is an exceptionally high toned, expressive, wonderfully vivid wine that almost defies description, but sadly yields are just 27 hl/ha. A magnificent bouquet of high toned violets, fine herbs, damsons, sweet blueberries bramble fruit, chocolate coated griotte cherries, liquorice and underlying mineral notes. This is a brooding, reticent Ausone, which possesses enormous power and intensity. There is a searing attack of black cherries and raspberries on the palate as well as layer after layer of sweet crème de cassis fruit and fine mineral notes. There is also a savoury character to this wine and a delicious saline touch too. Rich and velvety textured, this is a sophisticated, refined; a wine of subtle beauty and haunting weightlessness. The texture is super refined with exquisite tannins and a fine tuned racy acidity. Phenomenal.

"A masterpiece in the making, proprietor Alain Vauthier’s 2009 Ausone boasts a dense purple color along with notes of powdered chalk, crushed rocks and wild blue, red and black fruits. Extravagantly rich with great minerality, precision and freshness as well as a voluptuous texture (unusual for a baby Ausone), this is an extraordinary wine. Sadly, there are fewer than 1,200 cases ... for the world. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060+" 98+/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #199

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