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Château Ausone 2005

$4666.50 per bottle

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Château Ausone is named after the Roman poet Ausonius who owned over 100 acres of vineyard around Saint-Émilion. It is perched on the hillside in the southern outskirts of the village of Saint-Émilion.

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Château Ausone is named after the Roman poet Ausonius who owned over 100 acres of vineyard around Saint-Émilion. It is perched on the hillside in the southern outskirts of the village of Saint-Émilion.

Ausone has only 7.3 hectares of vines and its vineyards (Merlot 50%, Cabernet Franc 50%) flourish on a steep, south-east-facing slope, protecting them from cold north winds and westerly rain. Those vines at the top of the slope thrive on limestone (the `St-Émilion plateau') whilst those further down benefit from a clay/loam topsoil (the 'Côtes').

Ausone struggled during the 1950s and 1960s, but with the hiring of new régisseur Pascal Delbeck in 1976, the estate returned to producing wines worthy of its outstanding historic reputation. Recently Ausone has been at the very peak of its form and with the ubiquitous Michel Rolland now acting as consultant, it is now producing ultra-rich, lush, exotically fruity wines that require a minimum 10 years of bottle ageing.

Robert Parker
Robert Parker
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. Drink 2025-2100.
Name Château Ausone
Vintage 2005
Type Rouge / Red
Appellation Saint-Emilion
Classification 1er Grand Cru Classé 'A'
Grape Varieties Merlot; Cabernet Franc
Format 750ml
Average Age of Vines 50 years old
Production  
Soil Clay over asteria limestone
Winemaking Hand picked. Fermentation in wooden vats followed by 3 weeks' maceration. Malo-lactic fermentation in oak barrels.
Ageing 24 months in oak barrels (100% new)
Website  
Food Pairings Beef; Mushrooms; Grilled Meat
Occasions Romantic Dinner; Celebrations; Business Dinner; Anniversary
When to Drink Enjoy over the next 20 Years