Chateau Ausone, Saint Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classe, Bordeaux, France 2010
"...notes of crushed chalk/rock minerality 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." Robert Parker
|Grape Blend||Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|Winemaker||Alain Vauthier, Michel Rolland - consultant|
Château Ausone's 2010 comes from a great Bordeaux vintage, and was purchased in its original wooden cases.
Château Ausone is the smallest of Bordeaux's 'big eight' wine producers, and its location is as spectacular as its fine red wines; perched on the limestone hillsides that harbour the walled town of Saint-Émilion.
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. The estate is one of Bordeaux's elite producers – comparable to the fine red wines of Médoc greats of Latour and Mouton Rothschild.
"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 minerality 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." Robert Parker
"The nose is so deep and almost endless with dried strawberries, blueberries, and incense. Citrus too. Some prunes. Full body, with chewy yet polished tannin quality and tension. Beautiful focus and balance with a richness and delicacy at the same time. Something almost Burgundian. It's the purity of fruit." James Suckling