Ausone - 2005 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Château Ausone

95 points - The Wine Advocate
98 points - The Wine Advocate
100 points - The Wine Advocate
94 points - The Wine Advocate

Regular price €912.00 Inc Vat
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The 2014 Ausone, a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot, was matured in barrel for 20 months with 85% new oak. Compared to the Chapelle d'Ausone, this Grand Vin demanded gentle coaxing from the glass. It eventually unfurls to reveal mineral-rich red berry fruit, oregano, orange blossom and later on blackcurrant winegums. It displays superb delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin. There is an almost sorbet-like freshness conferred upon this Saint Emilion by the growing season, very harmonious and poised with one of the most precise and tensile finishes that you will find this vintage. One of the stars of the vintage, this may merit a higher score with bottle age. This is a great success.
One of the handful of candidates for wine of the vintage is the 2006 Ausone. In fact, while tasting it, I was thinking, is there any estate in Bordeaux that, since 1998, has made as many legendary wines as proprietor Alain Vauthier has at his beloved Ausone? Boasting an inky/blue/purple colour as well as an extraordinary, precise bouquet of minerals, flowers, blueberry liqueur, and black currants, this wine possesses fabulous fruit and great intensity, but what makes it so special is its precision, focus, and almost ethereal lightness despite substantial flavour intensity and depth. It is a ballerina with density and power. The abundant noticeable tannin is sweet and, not surprisingly, very finely grained. It should be cellared for a decade, and consumed over the following half century.
The 2005 Ausone is a perfect wine of the vintage. It displays crushed rock, spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning purity and richness, and perfect harmony among all of its component parts (acidity, tannin, wood, alcohol and extract). Still youthful, but oh, so promising, this wine should be set aside for another decade and drunk over the following 50-75 years.
One of the vintage’s most compelling wines (what’s new about that?), Alain Vauthier’s beloved 2004 Ausone has closed down considerably since I tasted it out of barrel, but it remains among the most concentrated wines of the vintage. Furthermore, along with Petrus, it will probably be the longest-lived. A dense purple color is accompanied by a celestial perfume of blue and black fruits, wet stones, flowers, and incense. On the palate, the wine exhibits exceptional power and concentration, but this historic terroir has also provided a surreal lightness to the wine’s impression. Beautiful flavors, sensational depth, and abundant structure suggest this 2004 will not be close to full maturity for 8-10 years. It should last for four decades.
Country:
France
Region:
Bordeaux
Appellation:
saint emilion
Producer:
Château Ausone
Grapes/Blend:
Bordeaux Red Blend

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Nearby, Château Ausone are the remains of a large Roman villa. This may have been the home of the Bordeaux-born Roman poet Ausonius, who also owned vineyards here.

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Nearby, Château Ausone are the remains of a large Roman villa. This may have been the home of the Bordeaux-born Roman poet Ausonius, who also owned vineyards here.

Famous is the cathedral-like wine cellar carved into the rock. The estate was owned by the Vauthier and Dubois-Challon families for 250 years. After a long dispute, Alain Vauthier bought the shares and 1996 and is now the sole owner.

In 1997 Alain Vauthier engaged the well-known French oenologist Michel Rolland as consultant. He is now responsible for the vinification himself.

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