Ausone

 

ONE OF BORDEAUX' ELITE WINES - ASTONISHING QUALITY

Ausone 2017 (barrel sample) 98-99p

Tasted in April 2018. This property wasn't affected by frost and produced a real blockbuster of a wine. 55% Cabernet Franc + 45% Merlot. Powerful with exceptional fruit, great acidity, sophisticated, with immense depth and length. Awesome structure and complexity.

Ausone 2016 (barrel sample) 98+p

Tasted in April 2017. Immense wine, with healthy dosage of oak, stunningly refined and sophisticated, classy elegance, silky fruit and tannin. Fabulous balance and finish. Truly remarkable wine. 98p.

Ausone 2015 (barrel sample) 97-98p

Tasted in April 2016. Very close in everything to its one year younger brother, but just a little bit shorter in concentration. Stupendous quality. 

Ausone 2014 (barrel sample) 95+p

Tasted in April 2015. Packed with sweet fruit and oak, very concentrated, very complex and with great length. Excellent complexity and structure. Fabulous stuff.

Ausone 2013 (barrel sample) 92-93p

Tasted in March 2014. Bad weather condition in this vintage didn't allow winemakers in Bordeaux to make something spectacular. This was a quite pretty wine, not plagued by new oak, intense and concentrated, ripe black berries, strong structure, fine complexity and length.

Ausone 2011 96+p 

Tasted in November 2014. Well-defined on the nose, deep, aristocratic. Full hammer on everything happening on the palate, which borders brutality, what a richness and length. Animal wine of highest quality. Unlimited life span!

Ausone 2010 (barrel sample) 98-99p

Tasted in April 2011. Plenty of chocolate and dark cherries silky tannins, was sensual, fleshy, very sophisticated, mega long on the palate with fat ripe tannins and perfect balance. Extraordinary stuff. 

Ausone 2000 98+p 

Tasted in April 2003. This wine was true fireworks of nuances, incredibly sophisticated, with fantastic complexity and enormous length. No body-builder wine here, neither a wine in light-weight class! A strong contender to get maximum rating in the future.

Ausone 1955 97p

Tasted in March 2015 during dinner at Domaine de Chevalier. Spectacular wine, truffy and utterly complex with great richness, balance and aftertaste. 60 years old wine, very much alive and kicking .

Ausone 1934 92p

Tasted in April 2014 during dinner at Domaine de Chevalier. Mature fruit, silky, very delicate and tasty, yet in fine balance but acidity is well-pronounced. Impressive old wine.

 

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DURING TWO AND A HALF WEEKS IN APRIL 2018 I TASTED APP. 360 BARREL SAMPLES OF 2017 VINTAGE AND APP. 100 WINES OF OLDER VINTAGES. FULL REPORT WITH TNS, RATINGS AND IMPRESSIONS, HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE END OF MAY 2018.

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PLANNED PROFILE ADDITION THIS YEAR (2018) - AUSONE AND L'EGLISE CLINET. 

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I'M ALSO CONTINOUSLY ADDING MY TASTING NOTES AT TASTINGBOOK.COM, WHERE I'VE APP. 2400+ FOLLOWERS AND HAVE PUBLISHED . 1.400+ TASTING NOTES BY THE END OF JUNE 2018

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HERE ARE MY TOP TEN WINES TASTED IN 2017 (revised)

1. CH. MARGAUX 2015 100p

2. LATOUR 2005 100p

3. MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 2016 100p

4. YQUEM 2015 100p

5. TERTRE ROTEBOEUF 2010 100p 

6. LAFLEUR 2016 99p

7. LE PIN 2016 99p/COS D'ESTOURNEL 1955 99p

8. AUSONE 2016 98p/LEOVILLE LASCASES 2016 98p

10. MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 1937 97p