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The Story

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.Emilion 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.

 

History Château Ausone is a very old property with medieval historical significance. In it's more recent history, the wines from the château suffered from lower quality and a lessened reputation in the middle of the 20th century. Ausone began to return to it's historical positon of greatness with the hiring of Pascal Delbeck in the 1970's. Delbeck was in charge of Ausone beginning with the 1976 vintage. As of 1995, he no longer played a role in the winemaking but remained in charge of the vineyards. The property had been owned for generations by a partnership of the Dubois-Challon family and the Vauthier family. In the mid 1990's, the Vauthier family gained sole ownership of Château Ausone. Alain Vauthier controls all aspects of the winemaking. He began using Michel Rolland as the consulting wine-maker beginning with the 1995 vintage

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Only 9000 bottles made. Ruby. Red berries, vanilla, scented, elegant nose, some darker notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, Burgundian texture, on the leaner side, long, charming and red fruity. 90-92
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Probably the wine of the vintage, once again. Only 9,000 bottles of the 2013 Ausone were produced, as crop size was 50% of normal. However, proprietor Alain Vauthier and his daughter certainly have proven a truly great wine can be produced in some of the most trying conditions Bordeaux wine producers have had to deal with over the last 20 years. Yields were only 22 hectoliters per hectare and the final blend was 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot. The haunting aromas of wet rocks, spring flowers, blue and black fruits and forest floor are followed by an incredibly dense, attractive wine with sweet tannin, stunning concentration and texture, medium body and a depth that is essentially unreal in a vintage such as this. The wine is a superb example of great winemaking under the most difficult circumstances. Unlike more recent Ausones, this should be reasonably drinkable in 5-6 years and yet be capable of lasting 25-30. RP
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Château Ausone 2013 /Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black centre. Well structured nose with vibrant fruit, blackcurrants and mulberries, hints of mild spices, vanilla and gingerbread, toasted flavours reminiscent of dark chocolate. On the palate well structured with medium weight and persistant length. Fine fruit in the finish, elegant tannins. 92 points
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St.Emilion, Bordeaux

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Ausone 2013  ( Château Ausone )

"Only 9000 bottles made. Ruby. Red berries, vanilla, scented, elegant nose, some darker notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, Burgundian texture, on the leaner side, long, charming and red fruity. 90-92"

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 Simon Jones, Sommelier (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Ausone 2013  ( Château Ausone )

"Probably the wine of the vintage, once again. Only 9,000 bottles of the 2013 Ausone were produced, as crop size was 50% of normal. However, proprietor Alain Vauthier and his daughter certainly have proven a truly great wine can be produced in some of the most trying conditions Bordeaux wine producers have had to deal with over the last 20 years. Yields were only 22 hectoliters per hectare and the final blend was 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot. The haunting aromas of wet rocks, spring flowers, blue and black fruits and forest floor are followed by an incredibly dense, attractive wine with sweet tannin, stunning concentration and texture, medium body and a depth that is essentially unreal in a vintage such as this. The wine is a superb example of great winemaking under the most difficult circumstances. Unlike more recent Ausones, this should be reasonably drinkable in 5-6 years and yet be capable of lasting 25-30.
RP"

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Ausone 2013  ( Château Ausone )

"Château Ausone 2013 /Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black centre. Well structured nose with vibrant fruit, blackcurrants and mulberries, hints of mild spices, vanilla and gingerbread, toasted flavours reminiscent of dark chocolate. On the palate well structured with medium weight and persistant length. Fine fruit in the finish, elegant tannins. 92 points"

2y 4m ago

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