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1998 Ausone 750ml
1998 Ausone
France - Bordeaux - St Emilion / Premier Grand Cru Classe A
Red / Bordeaux Blend
1998 Ausone
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Professional Reviews

IWC
95(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 103

($250) Saturated deep ruby, much darker and brighter than the other vintages tasted. Sappy, fresh aromas of boysenberry, cassis, minerals, bitter chocolate and espresso, with complicating notes of underbrush and earth. Extremely pure and penetrating, with fruit of steel and a powerful mineral underpinning. Finishes with strong, firm tannins and great persistence. Essence of Ausone, without the funkiness shown by so many past vintages of this wine. Offers exciting potential.

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WA
94

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 134

A dense opaque purple color offers up restrained, but pure aromas of liquid minerals, blackberries, black raspberries, and flowers. Medium to full-bodied, with high tannin but a long, super-pure, symmetrical mouth-feel, this dazzling, extremely complex Ausone requires 6-10 years of cellaring.

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WS
94

Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

Plenty of mineral and berry character with hints of smoke. Full-bodied, with big, chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Massive Ausone. One of the best in years. 2,000 cases made.

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Community Reviews

94

Miguel L Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 07/15/2010 Drink Dates: 2014-2044

Retail purchase, held one year. Clean cork. A non-starter on the first night after decanting and sitting for 3+ hours. Banished to a lowly vacuum stopper and the fridge overnight, it ia more cooperative day 2. But don't bother, it is dormant, primary and uncooperative on demand. That said... 2nd night is gaining power in the glass, spicy and floral notes on the nose, and now quaffing depth to taste. Finish much longer and vibrant. Its in there, but wow, it's a surly teen. Banish until 2014!

70

Mkbc99 Trust Rating: 82 Tasted On: 08/10/2009 Drink Dates: 2015+

Prominent CabFranc notes, concentrated with nice balance of earth with fruit, tannins VERY prominent, needs time

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