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Bordeaux 2022: Chateau Ausone and Chateau Palmer
05 June 2023

Ausone is one of the most iconic wines in the world. Under the management of Alain and Pauline Vauthier, these limestone slopes planted with old vine Cabernet Franc and Merlot have produced a string of exquisite and profound wines. The 2022 is another exceptional example, a blockbuster Ausone: intense, layered and structured. One can clearly see the huge potential here, although patience will be required…

“The 2022 Ausone was picked from 5 to 30 September and matured for 20 months in French oak. These aromatics take a little time to open in the glass. Once they do, they are precise with wilted iris flowers infusing the black fruit and background pencil box and incense hints. The palate is medium-bodied with silver bead acidity threaded through the blackberry and bilberry fruit. Fresh and focused, this Ausone possesses a structured finish with a pinch of black pepper on the finish. Elegant in style, this Ausone almost creeps up in you and seduces, intellectual and persistent in the mouth. Upon departing, I couldn't help wondering if I had witnessed this Saint-Émilion demonstrate its full potential, hence the plus sign against my score. 14.4% alcohol. 2030-2065. 95-97+/100” – Neal Martin,

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