1982 Château Ausone

  • 93 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 43161-1982-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Deep and smudgy at the edge. Easy and soft, but absolutely correct mature St Emilion.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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.
    Author: Robert Parker
    Issue: 129
  • Vinous | Rating: 92

    The 1982 Ausone is a wine that I have tasted three or four times before, always a good but perhaps not great expression of the vintage, since it would be a good few years before Alain Vauthier could improve the winemaking. At 36 years of age it is showing quite wide bricking on the rim. The bouquet is generous though not as profound as say, Cheval Blanc, quite savoury in style, dark chocolate, meat juices and dried blood. It is pleasurable but just lacks some vigour. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannin, fine depth and a sweet core of degraded fruit. I have always felt this is a loose-knit Ausone, lacking the backbone of a great wine, although I appreciate the tobacco and mocha-tinged finish. Drink now and over the next decade. Tasted at the Ausone vertical in London.
    Drink Dates: 2018-2032
    Author: Neal Martin
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    A pleasant surprise when I think of what proprietor Alain Vauthier has done over the last decade, the outstanding 1982 Ausone exhibits plenty of licorice, fruitcake, mineral, kirsch, and black fruit characteristics. Medium-bodied and elegant with a touch of austerity at the finish, it should be consumed over the next 10 years. Release price: ($320.00/case)
    Drink Dates: 2009-2019
    Author: Robert Parker
    Issue: 183
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Base Neck
    Author: 1SK
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Good given the year but clearly last its prime. Smooth with dampened classic Bordeaux earth. Still, enjoyable with beef tenderloin.
    Author: Mike N296
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Not sure what to make of this one - light notes of lavender and some spice (mace?) on the nose. Medium bodied on the palate, but the opposite of the so-called |fruit bomb| so popular today. Giving this a couple extra points just because the taste, muted though it is, is so unlike anything else. Fully mature, but not in danger of falling apart. Don't match with anything heavy -- probably best with crackers on its own.
    Author: John Yoyodyne
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 265 bottles owned
  • 68 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 68 collectors)