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We are in the final furlong now and the pace is quickening… Out in the lead is the mighty Ausone with a hattrick of potential 100 point scores. Ausone’s terroir is considered by many to be the best in Bordeaux, and under the expert management of Alain and Pauline Vauthier, the Chateau’s reputation has risen to dizzying heights. The 2018 is a masterpiece. This is amongst the most complex and multifaceted wines of the vintage and must rank as one of the greatest Ausones ever produced. Due to very limited production, Ausone will be on allocation. Please submit your requests via your Account Manager.

“The 2018 Ausone is composed of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot. The Merlot was harvested September 25 and 27, and the Cabernet Franc was harvested October 3, 8 and 9. Deep purple-black in color, it is an impenetrable wall to begin, unrelenting without persistent coaxing, at last uncoiling to offer glimpses at preserved plums, blueberry coulis, molten licorice and underbrush with emerging scents of lavender, iron ore, crushed stones, charcoal and Indian spices plus a waft of red roses. Full-bodied, rich, decadent and tightly knit, it offers layer upon layer of fruit, spice and mineral nuances with a firm frame of exquisitely fine tannins and bold freshness, finishing with epic length and heart-stopping beauty. 98-100/100”. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate

“This is really exotic with wild-fruit character that I have seldom encountered in Ausone. Full-bodied yet reserved and very tight. Amazing depth and purity of fruit. Incredible beauty. Sexy. 99-100/100”. -James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

“The 2018 Ausone is off the charts. Deep, sensual and mysterious, the 2018 is going to need many years to show the full breadth of its potential. And yet, there is so much there. Rich and concentrated on the palate, with phenomenal persistence, the 2018 is loaded with energy, tension and precision, offering a compelling interplay of opulence, saline intensity and structure. It is without question one of the wines of the vintage. 97-100/100”. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com

Just behind Ausone is Chateau Lafite’s Pomerol property, Chateau L’Evangile. A large part of the vineyard is farmed biodynamically. As a result, mildew accounted for a sizeable portion of the crop. Today’s release is 60% lower in terms of volume than the 2017, with a yield of just 17 hl/Ha. The new team lead by Saskia de Rothschild and Jean-Guillaume Prats is breathing considerable dynamism into this project. We expect to see a return to the glory days for Evangile.

“The 2018 L'Evangile is composed of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The Merlot was harvested September 19 to October 2, and the Cabernet Franc was harvested September 25 to October 1. This is the optimal blend—with more Cabernet Franc coming through this year, since it was amazing. Deep garnet-purple colored, it slips seductively out of the glass with glamorous notes of baked black cherries, warm blueberries and raspberry tart plus wafts of kirsch, red roses, rose hip tea, espresso, licorice and sandalwood. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and delivering opulent black fruit layers, the palate has a firm frame of lovely, ripe, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Beautiful. 97-99/100”. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate

And last by a nose, but making good running, is Denis Durantou’s magnificent L’Eglise Clinet. Alas, production is tiny, but the wine is sensational. James Suckling has put a big ticket on this, 99-100 points. There’s no denying, this is a grand scale, rousing l’Eglise Clinet built for the long haul.

“This is incredibly powerful with fantastic depth and length. It goes on for minutes. Full-bodied yet so tight and intense. Blackberries and hints of spice. It has such energy and persistence. It is a wine that makes you really reflect. Bravo. Tiny production. 99-100/100”. - James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com