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Bordeaux 2021: Ausone, Pichon Comtesse, Beychevelle, Brane-Cantenac & Léoville Poyferré
10 June 2022

It’s been another busy day on the Place de Bordeaux. Straight out of the blocks came a firm favourite for the wine of the vintage, Château Ausone. A photo finish couldn’t separate this from Lafleur. Alas, yields are miniscule, so the allocation process will be more complicated than ever…

A blend of 65% Cabernet Franc and 35% Merlot, the 2021 Ausone is a strong candidate for the title of wine of the vintage. Wafting from the glass with aromas of wild blueberries and raspberries mingled with rose petals, violets, exotic spices, vine smoke and blood orange, it's full-bodied, seamless and sensual, with a satiny attack that segues into a deep, layered mid-palate of breathtaking precision and intensity without weight. Built around bright acids and ultra-refined tannins and concluding with a resonant, perfumed finish, this profound young Ausone represents the essence of this great limestone terroir. I am not in the habit of drinking six-month-old Bordeaux cask samples, but this is one wine that would have sorely tempted me to make an exception to that rule if my appointment at the estate hadn't been one of the first of the day! 97-100/100” – William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

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