Ausone 2019

SubregionSt Emilion

Alain Vauthier has made massive improvements at Ausone since taking full control of the winemaking and management of his family property in 1997. The wines made here are now in a totally different league from those produced in the 1970's and 1980's. Ausone vies with Petrus and Cheval Blanc as the right bank's top Chateau. With production levels even less than those of Petrus, Ausone has become one of the most in demand and hard-to-find wines of Bordeaux. The 7 hectare vineyard has an average age of 53 years but some vines are over 100 years old. It is planted with 55% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot and production rarely exceeds 2000 cases.

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Tasting Notes

In 2019 the Merlots were harvested between the 20th and 27th September, with the Cabernet Franc picked on the 3rd, 5th and 7th of Octobre. The blend is 65% Cabernet Franc and 35% Merlot, and the wine will be aged for 20 months in oak. In recent vintages Ausone has continued its impressive form - the 2018 received a potential 100 point score from James Suckling, Lisa Perotti-Brown and Antonio Galloni. Deep purple in colour, with a complex, truffley nose of forest fruits, incense and vanilla. The palate is seductively ripe and fleshy in fruit, but tightened by mouthcoating, grippy and ripe tannings. There is a velveteen mouthfeel that complements waves of dark cassis and brighter violet and cherry blossom. Multi-dimensional and hedonistic, the sweet spices and ripe fruits are perfectly in balance with bright acidity. The finish is minutes long, with a cool, mineral edge that adds to the precision and moreishness of this exemplary St Emilion. Tasted in Bordeaux.

Score: 18.5+Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

65% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot. Barrel sample.
Compact, dense and structured but just a little austere at present. Fresh and lifted with a hint of tea and floral notes, depth of fruit and finely matted texture but everything reined in, the plentiful tannins subdued behind. But nothing in excess. Just a slow burner. Undoubted ageing potential. (JL)
Drink 2030 – 2050

Score: 17.5+James Lawther MW,, June 2020

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