Elite St-Émilion producer
"Full red-ruby. Exotic aromas of black cherry, cassis, minerals, smoke, clove and mint. Thick with extract, but with Ausone classic restrained sweetness and mineral backbone. Sound acidity gives the flavors superb clarity and grip. Finishes with extremely persistent, subtle fruit and noble, palate-saturing tannins. Extraordinarily fine for a right-bank wine from this vintage."
- Stephen Tanzer 94 points
Black Cherry, Cassis, Clove
Veal, Pork, Beef, Lamb, Duck, Game
The origins of Château Ausone can be traced back as far as 1592, the year in which proofs and documents can be found about the existence of the estate. Today the winery is owned by the Vauthier family, and is managed with care and attention by Alain and his sister Catherine, who, since 2005, have also collaborated with oenologist Pauline, Alain's daughter.
The company's vineyards enjoy an exceptional terroir to say the least, and are located on a plateau overlooking the medieval village of Saint-Émilion, characterized by soils composed mainly of limestone and clay, and, above all, sheltered on two sides, to the north and to the West. The 7 hectares worth of vineyards, which wind through elegant and orderly rows, include the typical Bordeaux grape varieties, namely cabernet franc and merlot, with vines aged on average 50 years. Their low yield only partially explains the concentration of the wine and its enormous aging potential, but certainly this isn’t enough to justify the great quality of Château Ausone. The refinement of its velvety texture in early youth, the elegance in the bouquet and the inexhaustible persistence in the mouth, are characteristics obtained also thanks to precise and careful work in the cellar, for which the tannins integrate very well with the splendid maturity of the fruit, in a blend where cabernet sauvignon and merlot embrace in a unique dance of flavors and aromas. In every single bottle signed by Château Ausone, a wonderful balance is to be found, which casually challenges the passage of time, allowing, in particular great vintages, to live at least half a century. A longevity that portends unique evolutions, describing wines that are nothing short of splendid: to be tasted at least once in a lifetime.