2010 Ausone

Ausone

97Average Score
Red
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Scores & Notes
Average Score
97
Critic Notes

The 2010 Ausone exudes aromas of violets, cigars, plums, and blackberries and has an exuberant and lifted palate with velvety firm tannins. This is a perfect Ausone, better than the 2009, more concentrated yet with greater lifted acidity and intensity. A truly gorgeous wine, it has an amazing finish and great depth, suggesting it will keep for decades. 55% Cab Franc, 45% Merlot. Jeannie Cho Lee MW asianpalate.com

Score: 98-100/100Jeannie Cho Lee MW

As pure as the '09 but a more emphatic structure. 55% Cabernet Franc in the blend. Fragrant fruit and floral nose. Dense, ripe fruit and an abundance of firm but finely knit tannins. Minerally freshness provides a classical edge. Great length and persistence. Huge ageing potential. James Lawther, decanter.com

Score: 19.5-/20Decanter

The 2010 Ausone struck me as another brilliant, potentially perfect wine, which should come as no shock to people who have been following Vauthier’s work over the last decade or more. Backward and intense, this wine offers up notes of crushed chalk/rock mineralilty interwoven with blueberry, black raspberry and cassis as well as some graphite and vanillin. It is incredibly rich but at the same time precise, fresh and vivacious. This is a super wine, but it will require enormous patience from its potential suitors. Forget it for a decade and drink it over the following 50+ years. Feb 2013, www.robertparker.com

Score: 98-/100Robert Parker

55CF 45M An extraordinary nose, so complex and fruity, yet with a barely perceivable savoury quality. The palate is a study of perfect feedback, like Sonic Youth at their best: the most exquisite and beautiful control of sheer volume and noise. Mesmerising

Score: 18.5-19.5/20FINE+RARE

There is something almost unnerving with Ausone this year. It has almost supernatural fruit character and earth shattering acidity. Full and tannic, it finishes with a dark fruit jam but then goes to citrus acidity and freshness. A tiny bit too much. James Suckling jamessuckling.com

Score: 96-97/100James Suckling

Ausone From a blend of 55% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot, the wine will be aged in 100% new oak for about 20 months. 67% of the yields were placed into Ausone, the remainder will become Chapelle d?Ausone . The nose offers aromas of broken rocks, sweet, ripe, dark berries, licorice, flowers, spice, minerality and smoke. Full bodied, rich, and concentrated, this supple, polished wine is filled with fresh berries, freshness, spice, jam, fennel, minerality and black cherry in the finish. 95-97 Pts Jeff Leve winecellarinsider.com

Score: 95-97/100Jeff Leve

26 hl/ha. Dark crimson with a bright crimson rim. Very serious nose – so different from the Chapelle! 55% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot. Lovely punch and scent on the nose and then real tight impact on the palate. Not the completeness of Pétrus but a very good vintage expression. Some warm berries triumph over terroir but this is sweet then tight and tough. Extremely youthful. Very drying on the end. Cabernet Franc has dominated since 2005. Very rich and exuberant overall. Vivacious and not too, too dry on the finish. Less exaggerated than some other recent vintages. jancisrobinson.com

Score: 18.5-/20Jancis Robinson

Very sappy and intense, offering racy red licorice, red currant and violet notes, with nice taut acidity and a long, minerally finish. Combines power and austerity, with excellent drive. For those who like backbone in their wines. —J.M. James Molseworth, winespectator.com

Score: 94-97/100Wine Spectator

The average age of the vines is 50 years, in 17.5 acres with 2631 – 5040 plants per acre. Grape varieties used for the first wine are 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot. The Vauthier family runs Château Ausone. AlainVauthier explained the wine and his daughter Pauline poured it for tasting.The vivid cobalt violet to mulberry and carmine-edged 2010 gives a roseate aroma. Thick soft tannins and acids, reminiscent of raspberry, redcurrant and strawberry lie deep and low. Also how many of the digested minerals can be detected or imagined in the mid palate and the long, shaley asterialite limestoned finish. Ivor DaviesIt will beat its best by the mid century. Clues to its development may perhaps be gleanedalso from the second wine.

Score: 18-/20Ivor Davies

A blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot, picked between 5th and 15th October. The nose takes some coaxing from the glass. raspberry, a touch of Dorset plum, wild strawberry and with further aeration there are touches of orange rind developing. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth tannins, very focused, hints of dark chocolate on the entry, wonderful mineralité and poise towards the seamless finish with a creamy veneer. Long in the mouth, this is a sensual Ausone. Drink 2015- tasted March 2011. Neal Martin erobertparker.com

Score: 93-95/100Neal Martin
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Product details
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Saint Emilion
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
-
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
-
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Saint Emilion
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
-
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
-
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