Château Ausone 2009
Château Ausone is named after the Roman poet Ausonius who owned over 100 acres of vineyard around Saint-Émilion. It is perched on the hillside in the southern outskirts of the village of Saint-Émilion.
Ausone has only 7.3 hectares of vines and its vineyards (Merlot 50%, Cabernet Franc 50%) flourish on a steep, south-east-facing slope, protecting them from cold north winds and westerly rain. Those vines at the top of the slope thrive on limestone (the `St-Émilion plateau’) whilst those further down benefit from a clay/loam topsoil (the ‘Côtes’).
Ausone struggled during the 1950s and 1960s, but with the hiring of new régisseur Pascal Delbeck in 1976, the estate returned to producing wines worthy of its outstanding historic reputation. Recently Ausone has been at the very peak of its form and with the ubiquitous Michel Rolland now acting as consultant, it is now producing ultra-rich, lush, exotically fruity wines that require a minimum 10 years of bottle ageing.
Château Ausone 2009
$5,270.00 per bottle
Notes and Reviews
Robert Parker (98+)
A masterpiece in the making, proprietor Alain Vauthier's 2009 Ausone boasts a dense purple colour along with notes of powdered chalk, crushed rocks, and wild blue, red, and black fruits. Extravagantly rich with great minerality, precision and freshness as well as a voluptuous texture (unusual for a baby Ausone), this is an extraordinary wine. Sadly, there are fewer than 1,200 cases ... for the world. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060+.
James Suckling (100)
Incredible nose of currants and blueberries. Flowers too. Liquorice. Such purity on the nose of Cabernet Franc. Full body, incredible structure, with fabulous tannins and a long, long finish. Built out of stone. The prefect Ausone. Try after 2022.
|Grape Varieties||Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|Age of Vines||50+ years old|
|Vinification||Hand picked. Fermentation in wooden vats followed by 3 weeks' maceration. Malo-lactic fermentation in oak barrels.|
|Elevage||24 months in oak barrels (100% new)|
|Soil Type||Clay over asteria limestone|