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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Château Ausone

Region:

Bordeaux

Appellation:

St Emilion

Grape Variety:

Merlot Cabernet

Château Ausone, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2016

3x75cl £1,780.00

1 case Equiv. £593.33 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 equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc, from relatively generous yields of 40 hl/ha. Impressive as the Chapelle is, the Grand Vin has an overdrive... The 2016 Ausone is poised and reserved. There is an extravagant bouquet of exotic hedgerow fruit, Asian spice, cassis, violets, herbs and boysenberry. As one would expect from this great limestone terroir, there is tremendous minerality, a salinity that juxtaposes with the sweet redcurrant core. Layers of fruit and minerals pour over the palate as it gathers nuances on the fruit infused tannins. Whilst this is utterly harmonious and quite hedonistic, it is also deeply engaging and has real bite thanks to its acidity. This is an Ausone with electrifying tension and complexity.

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