Ausone 1999

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Emilion
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

Is the 1999 Ausone the wine of the vintage? Dense purple color, a compelling bouquet of licorice, minerals, black and blueberry liqueur, extraordinary delineation, high tannin, superb extract, and phenomenal richness all are the stuff of legend. It seems impossible that this wine emerged from a vintage like 1999. Proprietor Alain Vauthier produced only 20,000 bottles because he eliminated one-fourth of the tiny crop. The result is out-and-out fabulous, but the wine needs 10-12 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050. Last tasted, 12/02.

Score: 95Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Is the 1999 Ausone the wine of the vintage? Dense purple color, a compelling bouquet of licorice, minerals, black and blueberry liqueur, extraordinary delineation, high tannin, superb extract, and phenomenal richness all are the stuff of a legend. This wine seems impossible to have emerged from a vintage like 1999. Proprietor Alain Vauthier produced only 20,000 bottles because he eliminated one-fourth of the tiny crop. The result is out-and-out fabulous, but the wine needs 12-15 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050.

Score: 95Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

Readers should not hesitate to check out Ausone's new second wine, Chapelle d'Ausone. It reveals Ausone's minerality, finesse, and quality presented in a lower-keyed, more open-knit style.The 1999 is nearly spectacular. Whether it will ultimately have immortal aging potential remains to be seen. It boasts gorgeous aromas of black fruits, flowers, smoke, licorice, and subtle wood. Fabulously concentrated, with sensational persistence on the palate, sweet tannin, and admirable balance as well as stature, this is a medium-bodied wine of exceptional pedigree and aging potential. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2040. As I wrote last year, this will undoubtedly be the longest lived wine of the vintage.

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

This is one 1999 that may be as good as its prodigious 1998 counterpart.

Score: 92/95Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

Score: 90/94James Suckling, Wine Spectator

Dark crimson. A little raisiny on the nose. Chewy tannins. Very dramatic but not as beautifully balanced as the Cheval tasted immediately before it. Sweet, rather alcoholic finish.Drink 2011-2028.Date tasted 25th June 09.

Score: 17.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2009

1998 was probably the best Ausone since 1959. Alain Vauthier has another success here. Classy, stylish, structured and classic. Long.

Score: 17.5Farr Vintners, June 2000

Score: 20/25Andrew Jefford, Decanter Magazine (Jun 2000), June 2000

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