1988 Ausone

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£299.00 DP

Average critic rating : 87.5 points



The 1988 may need 20 years to reach its peak, as it is probably the most tannic, young Ausone I have ever tasted. The tannins are extremely hard, even astringent, but unlike a number of 1988s where the balance between tannins and fruit favors the tannin (always a troubling sign), here is a case where there is plenty of juicy red and black fruit extract in a medium-bodied, superbly concentrated, very intense and powerful wine. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2040. Last tasted, 4/93. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 88



Made when the château supposedly produced exciting wines, this is rather simple, with berry and tobacco character, full body and velvety tannins. Austere and slightly dry on the finish.--1988 Bordeaux horizontal. Drink now. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 1998

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Ausone 1988
+£2,615.53     (+304.13%) Latest price:  £3,475.53
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