Château Ausone is the smallest of Bordeaux's 'big eight' (first growths), perched on the limestone hillsides that harbour the walled town of Saint-Émilion, and production at this fine red wine estate is tiny.
Ausone has been under the inspirational Alain Vauthier since 1995, who has spared no expense in establishing benchmark Saint-Émilion that often age for 50-100 years. A new cellar (retaining old oak vats) and renovation of the Château has breathed new life into Ausone. The château site itself shows evidence of the roman activity, which gives the wine its name, commemorating the 4th Century poet Ausonius.
Château Ausone is also one of Bordeaux's elite producers - comparable to the Médoc greats of Latour and Mouton Rothschild. Ausone's wines are unsurprisingly amongst the most sought after in the world.