2005 Ausone

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-EMILION
  • 100 WA
  • 100 WS
  • 98 IWC
  • 83 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 43161-2005-750-1A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 98

    Deep ruby-red. Penetrating aromas of cassis and minerals. The nose does not prepare one for this huge, improbably sweet, palate-saturating wine, whose pungent minerality and epic intensity makes it solid as a rock. The three-dimensional texture here is uncanny, and the wine's explosive finishing flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate and minerals persist for minutes. This must be one of the three or four greatest young Bordeaux I've ever tasted. The numbers here: 14.28% alcohol, 3.55 pH and an IPT between 80 and 85. This will go on for several decades, and I would not be at all surprised if it shut down in bottle for a very long time.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 100

    I love the tobacco, berry, cigar box, toasty oak, ripe fruit and fresh mushroom flavors in this full-bodied red, which has ultralayered tannins and vanilla, new oak and berry character. Powerful and superconcentrated, with great length. This is a muscular, full-throttle wine, racing very, very fast. 1,330 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    The 2005 Ausone is a perfect wine of the vintage. It displays crushed rock, spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning purity and richness, and perfect harmony among all of its component parts (acidity, tannin, wood, alcohol and extract). Still youthful, but oh, so promising, this wine should be set aside for another decade and drunk over the following 50-75 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Very dark, Meaty, super sweet nose but gripping drying tannins almost as soon as the wine is in the mouth. Both dry and drying. œ17,500 a case, we are told. Oh dear, I don't seem to be appreciating Alain Vauthier's 2005s in these blind tastings! Perhaps an evolutionary stage, going into a sulk?
    Author: Jancis Robinson
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  • 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

    • 691 bottles owned
    • 89 collectors