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 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 a 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. The 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 blackberries, 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 were 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 wine in light-weight class! A strong contender to get a maximum rating in the future.

Ausone 1970 90p 

Tasted in February 2020. Nice 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. 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 the acidity is well-pronounced. Impressive old wine.

 

Latest news

ATTENTION! I'm well in the process of tasting app. 290 2018s from Bordeaux sent to my Copenhagen home. 2018 vintage is now 100% bottled with very few exceptions, and it'll be incredibly fascinating to find out if the promises from tasting barrel samples can be confirmed. I'm pretty sure they will! A full report will follow at the beginning of February 2021, but I already have put some TNs and comments on my website. Check out chapter "2018 IN BOTTLE" in "VINTAGES".

2020 vintage in Bordeaux looks like it will follow the trend of excellent vintages like f.i. 2016 and 2018/9. We will know more during primeurs in late spring 2021.

TNs/ratings on 2019 Bordeaux barrel samples - see "Vintages" chapter. 325 samples were tasted during the summer of 2020 from classified/non-classified properties. 

All chateau profiles on the website are up to date (ultimo December 2020). 

A new feature is the Burgundy blog in News chapter. Tasting notes from tastings and tasting dinners attended since November 2018.

I do contribute with tasting notes at www.tastingbook.com. 6.200+ followers and 2.200+ TNs by primo January 2021. These TNs are taken from my website's chateau-profiles plus TNs concerning wines from other properties.