An astonishing quality wine from Saint-Emilion and Bordeaux

Ausone

  
Ausone 2018 (barrel sample) 99p

Tasted in April 2019. 60% Merlot + 40% Cabernet Franc. A different animal here moving around like a giant with ballerina steps, powerful yet elegant. Massive, refined and sophisticated, enormous depth and density. A legend in the making!

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. Fantastic structure and complexity.

Ausone 2016 (barrel sample) 98+p

Tasted in April 2017. Immense wine, with a healthy amount of oak, stunningly refined and sophisticated, classy elegance, silky fruit and tannin. Outstanding balance and finish. Truly remarkable wine.

Ausone 2015 (barrel sample) 97-98p

Tasted in April 2016. It is very close in everything to its one year younger brother, but just a little 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 of great length. Excellent complexity and structure. Fabulous stuff.

Ausone 2013 (barrel sample) 92-93p

Tasted in March 2014. The bad weather condition in this vintage didn't allow winemakers in Bordeaux to make something spectacular. It was a charming wine, not plagued by new oak, intense and concentrated, ripe blackberries, firm structure, delicate 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 the highest quality. Unlimited life span!

Ausone 2010 (barrel sample) 98-99p

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

Ausone 2000 98+p 

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

Ausone 1970 90p 

Tasted in February 2020. Lovely ripe nose, nicely put together, polished fruit, tasty, fine smooth finish. Well-preserved and drinkable wine.

Ausone 1955 97p

Tasted in March 2015 during dinner at Domaine de Chevalier. A spectacular wine, truffy and utterly complex with great richness, balance and aftertaste. Sixty 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 the acidity is well-pronounced. It's an impressive old wine.

 

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1. I spent two weeks in Bordeaux in April 2022 to taste 2021 vintage from the barrel. A review of 300+ tasted barrel samples - "2021 BORDEAUX FROM BARREL" in "VINTAGES".

2. Impressions from my trip to Bordeaux in November 2021 are here - chapter "2021 Bordeaux visits" in "VINTAGES". Additional TNs from barrel samples of 2020 vintage tasted in Bordeaux - chapter "2020 FROM BARREL", in "VINTAGES".

3. 2019 vintage's TNs on 85 wines tasted in Bordeaux in November 2021 plus additional TNs on 120+ wines tasted in Copenhagen during January-March 2022 are published. Check out chapter "2019 BARREL/BOTTLE" in "VINTAGES".

4. Tasting notes concerning the 2018 vintage on wines tasted from the bottle in Bordeaux in November 2021- chapter "2018 IN BOTTLE" in "VINTAGES".

5. The Burgundy blog in the News chapter is a new feature, including impressions from Burgundy tastings/tasting dinners attended since November 2018. It'll also have impressions on tasted wines from Beaujolais' best winegrowers. I explored this wine area in April 2022 while tasting Morgon Cote du Puy from five producers in 2018 and 2019. A tasting of top cuveés from the same producers took place in mid-June 2022. The report will be published in September 2022.

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