1982 Ausone 1.5L

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion | Premier Grand Cru Classe A/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
1982 Ausone
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International Wine Cellar | 94(+?)?

($345-$475) The bottle in the blind flight showed rather autumnal aromas and an element of old wood on the nose; modest volume and sweetness; and some unabsorbed acidity on the back end. Second bottle: Full healthy red with a hint of amber. Cool, laid-back aromas of cherry, minerals and menthol. Dense with extract but extremely dry, even tough. The tannins seem astringent for the vintage. I rated this bottle 89(+?). With my third bottle I finally hit the jackpot: Much fresher, more minerally aromas show superb purity and clarity. Then very youthfully unevolved in the mouth, with vibrant dark fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes impressively long, with firm tannins that avoid dryness.

Drink Dates: 2010-2030
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 103

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Jancis Robinson | 18.5

Deep and smudgy at the edge. Easy and soft, but absolutely correct mature St Emilion.

Drink Dates: 2002-2009
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 93

Medium ruby-colored, with a pronounced smoky, herb-tinged bouquet revealing aromas of black tea, minerals, and sweet fruit, this medium-bodied 1982 exhibits a striking liquid minerality, decent acidity, and a powerful, concentrated, long finish. The 1982 Ausone is just turning the corner and beginning to reveal considerable complexity as well as finesse.

Drink Dates: 2005-2005
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 129

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Wine Spectator | 93

A real beauty. Dark ruby color, with a garnet hue. Very fresh fruit with floral, berry and perfume character. Full-bodied, with superfine tannins and long, sweet fruit.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal. Drink now.

Drink Dates: 1998+
Author: James Suckling


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Score:
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/19/2010
Base Neck
More Vintages and Sizes of Ausone:

2003 (1.5L)
2002 (3.0L)
2001 (750ml)
2000 (750ml)

About This Producer


Classed as Grand Cru Classe A, the best of the appellation, Chateau Ausone sits on a hill just south of St. Emilion. The chateau is named after the Roman poet Ausonius who owned over 100 acres of vineyard around Saint Emilion. The vineyards grow 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot grapes, producing approximately 2,000 cases a year. The chateau has a long history dating back to medieval times. After struggling during the first part of the twentieth century, the estate has seen a resurgence with the hires of Pascal Delbeck in 1976 and consultant Michel Rolland in recent years. Wines from Chateau Ausone require at least 10 years of bottle age after which they develop exotic flavors such as currant, black cherry and spice. Chateau Ausone also produces a second wine called Chapelle d'Ausone.

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