1998 Ausone 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion | Premier Grand Cru Classe A/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

IWC 95(+?)   WS 94   WA 94   Collector 82
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95(+?)

($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.

Drink Dates: 2008-2030
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 103

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

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.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Author: James Suckling


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

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.

Drink Dates: 2010-2050
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 134

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: 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!

Rating: 70
Author: 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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Average rating: 92, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

747 bottles owned by 180 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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