Chateau Ausone 2018 tasting notes on futures and ratings “en primeur” by Ronald Rens, M.Sc., Wine Master, Bordeaux Expert
Chateau Ausone 2018 tasting notes and ratings
Ausone is unique in many ways. The chateau simply seems to dominate the village and the vineyards of Saint Emilion. And the wines produced here are among the best of the Right Bank, often leading the pack. I tasted at the chateau with Alain Vauthier and his daughter Pauline, who is representing the next generation of the Vauthier family at the helm of this extraordinary chateau.
Chapelle d’Ausone 2018 (19- points)
[40% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot
Dense, intense and deep color. On the nose there is a remarkable complexity for a second wine. This is a great wine in its own right. In the mouth there is an explosion of fruit with an incredible precision. Great length and with a simply divine tannic structure. Many chateaux would be more than happy to be on this level with their first wines. Very long with super and ripe fruit. Wow!
Chateau Ausone 2018 (20- points)
[40% Merlot and 60% Cabernet Franc]
A deep intense purple, color, even deeper than the La Chapelle. Lush bouquet of refined red and black fruit on the nose. Some hints of coffee and chocolate. Very ripe fruit and maybe even a bit jammy without being flabby. When the wine opens up even further there is even more fresh fruit showing up. What a nose! On the palate there is loads of ripe fruit, interwoven with the typical Ausone silky tannings that you can only find here. Exemplary freshness balancing the somewhat higher than usual alcohol content (14,4%). Again another great Ausone!
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