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

Château Ausone, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 1998


Destination

vintage


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1998

12x75cl

DP

£7,334.46


1998

12x75cl

DP

£7,778.46



Château Ausone, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 1998

1998

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Château Ausone, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 1998
Maturity:
Keep/Drink
ABV:
13%
95+/100
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

Saturated deep ruby, much darker and brighter than the other vintages tasted. Sappy, fresh aromas of boysenberry, cassis, minerals, bitter chocolate and espresso, with complicating notes of underbrush and earth. Extremely pure and penetrating, with fruit of steel and a powerful mineral underpinning. Finishes with strong, firm tannins and great persistence. Essence of Ausone, without the funkiness shown by so many past vintages of this wine. Offers exciting potential. Drink 2008 to 2030.
Date Reviewed:
07/2002

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France

region:
Bordeaux

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Château Ausone

Château Ausone

Ausone is undoubtedly one of the legendary properties in Bordeaux, its reputation supported as much by its rarity as by the exceptional quality of its wines. In 1996, the 7-hectare vineyard and its elegant chateau, which stands guard above the main approach to St Emilion from the valley of the Dordogne River, were bought in full by Alain Vauthier. His family had previously shared ownership with the Dubois-Challon family, and the arrangement had not been a happy one for the wines. For the last decade quality has been on the up and up, the chateau is nearing completion of a lengthy and extensive renovation and the goals of the quiet but devoted M. Vauthier are one by one being achieved, with considerale help from regisseur Pascal Delbeck. A sensational run of successes from 2000 onwards has whipped up international interest in this property which, for a while in the 1980s, had managed to retain a band of devout followers without igniting much broader demand. The vineyards are planted with 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Franc and have an average age of 50 years old. Harvest is manual and the wine is aged in 100% new oak for 18 months on average. Ausone offers ultra ripe fruit, huge richness, thick-set tannins in its youth and is generally one of the more powerful and ageworthy St Emilions. Production is limited to no more than 2000 cases.

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