"First Grand Cru Classé A of Saint-Emilion."
Tasting notes: It boasts a densepurple color along with abundant notes of mulberries, black currants, blueberries and a hint of raspberries interwoven with spring flowers and crushed chalk-like characteristics presented in a full-bodied yet ethereal, stylish, racy, noble manner.
Story:The culture of the vines dates back to the Gallo-Roman era and the “modern” vineyard in the 18th century. An absolutely unique terroir: Ausone’s reputation is gradually established to reach the very first rank of the Saint-Emilion appellation. Very old vines used in the making of this great wine
Robert Parker 96/100
'Tasted blind at the 2012 Southwold tasting, the 2012 Ausone took more time to settle in the glass than its peers, eventually deciding upon briary, violet and cassis scents—very floral and Margaux-like in style, not powerful but insistent. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a crisp line of acidity, blackcurrant pastille mixed with cedar and a dash of spice, the wine finally revving up towards an intense and persistent finish that almost stains the mouth with its opulence. It is a gorgeous Saint Emilion from Pauline and Alain Vauthier.'
Wine Enthusiast 95/100
'This is a magnificent wine with an opulent structure and a finely perfumed character. It is dense with the ripest black fruits cushioned by the soft texture. A serious, denser side brings out a tannic core. It's elegant while also powerful and certainly needs to age.' Roger Voss
James Suckling 98/100
'Wild aromas of mint, spearmint, cool chalk and dark fruits. Full-bodied, tight, linear and incredibly long with a evening-stone, blueberry, cherry and mineral undertone. Crisp and extremely persistent. Iodine and oyster shell here to round it all off.'
'One of the wines of the vintage, the 2012 Ausone boasts gorgeous depth, aromatic intensity and overall balance. Dark red stone fruits, menthol, licorice, smoke and savory herbs flesh out as this layered, seductive Saint-Emilion shows off its pure pedigree and class. Further time in bottle should allow the 2012 to flesh out even more, but it is pretty special today. I remember tasting the 2012 straight from barrel with Alain Vauthier in the spring of 2013. The bottled, finished wine is every bit as special.'
First Grand Cru Classé A of Saint-Emilion, Château Ausone is one of the oldest property in the Bordeaux vineyards. Its history is that it occupies the site of the magnificent villa that the poet and proconsul Ausone owned in Lucaniac (Saint-Emilion). It is from here that his name comes from. This vineyard is for several centuries in the same family thus allowing to preserve very old vines. Today, the heirs of Madame Cécile Vauthier continue her work vintage after vintage.
Admirably exposed to the east and south, the terroir of Ausone Castle is surrounded by a belt of rocks, collapsed quarries which shelters it completely from the north and west winds. These centuries-old vines can produce 20 barrels of a wine that has long been at the head of the great wines of Saint-Emilion and the great wines of France.
The area of the estate represents 9 Ha. Also, the average age of the vineyard is 45 to 50 years old, however the richness of the soil constitutes the magnificence of the terroir: ¼ on a thin soil resting on starry limestones, ¾ on chalky clay-limestone coasts.
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