Ausone

 

ONE OF BORDEAUX' ELITE WINES - ASTONISHING QUALITY

 

Ausone 2018 (barrel sample) 99p

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

Ausone 2016 (barrel sample) 98+p

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

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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2019 HARVEST IN BORDEAUX IS NOW OVER AND WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL PRIMEUR TASTINGS IN MARCH TO GET CONFIRMED THE GREATNESS OF THIS VINTAGE. FOR UPDATES - CHECK HARVEST 2019 CHAPTER!

FULL 2018 BORDEAUX REPORT WITH TNS AND RATINGS ON 395 BARREL SAMPLES TASTED DURING PRIMEUR IN MARCH/APRIL 2019 AND 50+ WINES FROM OTHER VINTAGES TASTED/RATED. ALL CHATEAUX PROFILES HAVE BEEN UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL TNS/RATINGS OBTAINED DURING VINEXPO IN MAY 2019 AND BEYERMAN TASTING IN SEPTEMBER 2019 (COPENHAGEN).

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HERE ARE MY TOP TEN WINES TASTED IN 2018

1. Lafite Rothschild 1908             99p

2. Tertre Roteboeuf 2016             99p

3. Leoville Las Cases 2015           98-99p

4. Pichon Comtesse 2016            98-99p

5. Trotanoy 2016                            98-99p

6. Haut Bailly 2016                       98p

7. Belair Monange 2016               98p

8. Les Carmes Haut Brion 2016  97p

9. Pontet Canet 2016                       97p

10. Calon Segur 1918                    96p