“Ausone manages to deliver one of the most consistently successful wines, vintage in, vintage out, in the whole region, and it has taught me more than any other about the influence of terroir”
JANE ANSON, DECANTER
Today we see undoubtedly one of the biggest releases of the entire campaign, the Premier Grand Cru Classe “A” Chateau Ausone.
Whilst no reviews from critics have yet been released, anyone fortunate enough to have visited Chateau Ausone and met Alain and Pauline Vauthier will know that this small winery perched atop a hill overlooking the historic town of Saint-Emilion is one of the most magical wine meccas in the world. It is impossible not to be transfixed by the quality of the wines produced here; the beguiling emotional imprint they leave on your memory is as close as one might get to an epiphany in wine.
Chateau Ausone has, without question, been producing some of the finest wines in the world for many decades, but a change of style since 2012 has taken the winery to new heights.
2019 was a very classic vintage for the estate with very few concerns throughout the growing season or during vinification. In classic Ausone understatement, “all the parameters were just right.”
The relatively low production levels of this top Saint-Emilion estate makes it one of the most collectable and desired wines of the vintage. Add to this the 26% price reduction, this is set to sell out very quickly.
Chateau Ausone 2019 will be available on a strict allocation-only basis, with existing pre-orders fulfilled as a priority.
Today the second wine of Chateau Ausone, Chapelle d'Ausone, has also been released. With the same attention to detail as the Grand Vin, Chapelle d'Ausone is consistently one of the most exciting wines of Saint-Emilion in its own right and has also been released with a 15% reduction in price compared to the 2018 release.
Chapelle d'Ausone 2019 will be available on a strict allocation-only basis, with existing pre-orders fulfilled as a priority.
Compact, dense and structured but just a little austere at present. Fresh and lifted with a hint of tea and floral notes, depth of fruit and finely matted texture but everything reined in, the plentiful tannins subdued behind. But nothing in excess. Just a slow burner. Undoubted ageing potential. (JL)
Jancis Robinson MW (January 43990) Score: 17.5/20 Drink 2030-2050
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Purple-crimson. Fragrant floral, dark-fruit and liquorice notes. Palate delicate and lithe with very fine tannins. Almost weightless but the structure is there. Long, clean, persistent finish. A bit reticent but fine. (JL)
Jancis Robinson MW (January 43990) Score: 17/20 Drink 2026-2036
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