Château Ausone

chateau ausone

Château Ausone is the smallest of Bordeaux's 'big eight' (first growths), and its location is as spectacular as its wines; perched on the limestone hillsides that harbour the walled town of Saint-Émilion. Production at Ausone is tiny.

Ausone has been under the inspirational Alain Vauthier since 1995, who has spared no expense in establishing benchmark Saint-Émilion that often ages for 50-100 years. A new cellar (retaining old oak vats) and renovation of the château has breathed new life into Ausone.

Although the château was built in the 19th century, the site shows evidence of the roman activity, which gives the wine its name, commemorating the 4th Century poet Ausonius. Ausone's recent history begins in 1718 with the Cantenat family, who  passed it on to Mlle Challon, whose husband, Edouard Dubois, is credited with Ausone's rise in the 20th century. Dubois-Challon's son Jean inherited Ausone post WWII, during a lean period in quality, and it wasn’t until his widow took over in 1974 that Ausone improved. Mme Dubois-Challon shared ownership with the children of her stepdaughter Cecile and the Vauthier family, before relinquishing control to Alain Vauthier and his sister. Michel Rolland is consultant.

Château Ausone

chateau ausone

Château Ausone is the smallest of Bordeaux's 'big eight' (first growths), and its location is as spectacular as its wines; perched on the limestone hillsides that harbour the walled town of Saint-Émilion. Production at Ausone is tiny.

Ausone has been under the inspirational Alain Vauthier since 1995, who has spared no expense in establishing benchmark Saint-Émilion that often ages for 50-100 years. A new cellar (retaining old oak vats) and renovation of the château has breathed new life into Ausone.

Although the château was built in the 19th century, the site shows evidence of the roman activity, which gives the wine its name, commemorating the 4th Century poet Ausonius. Ausone's recent history begins in 1718 with the Cantenat family, who  passed it on to Mlle Challon, whose husband, Edouard Dubois, is credited with Ausone's rise in the 20th century. Dubois-Challon's son Jean inherited Ausone post WWII, during a lean period in quality, and it wasn’t until his widow took over in 1974 that Ausone improved. Mme Dubois-Challon shared ownership with the children of her stepdaughter Cecile and the Vauthier family, before relinquishing control to Alain Vauthier and his sister. Michel Rolland is consultant.

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  1. Chapelle d’Ausone Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2006 - Cadman Fine Wines

    Chapelle d’Ausone Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2006

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2016-2032
    Reviewer Rating: 91 - Robert Parker

    "...Ausone’s second wine is dramatically better than most first wines made in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s under the previous administration. " Robert Parker

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  2. Château Ausone, 2006

    Château Ausone, 2006

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2018-2035
    Reviewer Rating: 97 - Stephen Tanzer

    "My early candidate for wine of the vintage: this fills the mouth with perfume but its fruit of steel suggests that it will last a very long time." Stephen Tanzer

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  3. Château Ausone, 2009

    Château Ausone, 2009

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2020-2060
    Reviewer Rating: 98 - Robert Parker

    “A masterpiece in the making...this is an extraordinary wine. Sadly, there are fewer than 1,200 cases ... for the world.” Robert Parker

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  4. Château Ausone, 2000

    Château Ausone, 2000

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2020-2075
    Reviewer Rating: 98 - eRobertParker.com

    "Extremely rich, full-bodied, with astonishing power, precision, and delicacy, this is a sumptuous wine that should age well for 50-60 years.” eRobertParker.com

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  5. Château Ausone, 2005

    Château Ausone, 2005

    Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2025-2100
    Reviewer Rating: 100 - Robert Parker

    “This intense 2005 boasts powerful, super-layered, multidimensional flavors with tremendous extraction...A masterpiece of concentration and balance...drinking well a century from now.” Robert Parker

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