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Château Ausone 2013

Bordeaux - Saint-Émilion - 1er Grand Cru Classé A - Château Ausone

Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé A.

$567.72
Wooden case of 1 bottle (0,75L)
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Stored in air-conditioned cellar
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Grape varieties
Cabernet Franc 55%
Merlot 45%
Château Ausone

Château Ausone

The Château Ausone is a mythical name in the Saint-Émilion vineyard, charting its course off the beaten track and embodying a style that's uniquely its own. It's a Domaine that owes its name to the Latin poet Decimus Magnus Ausonius, also a professor and political advisor in the Late Roman Empire, who was born in Bordeaux in the year 309.

In the 1960s and 1970s, two families fought over the estate, the Dubois-Chalon and the Vauthier families, particularly over how to run the vineyard and vinifications. Alain Vauthier finally took over the reins in 1995, and from 1998 onwards, Château Ausone regained its place among the most prestigious wines of Bordeaux.

In the first edition of the Saint-Émilion classification in 1955, Château Ausone achieved the privileged position of Premier Grand Cru Classé "A". It retained this distinction up to and including the 2021 vintage. At the beginning of 2022, Domaine chose to withdraw from the classification, the next edition of which was due to be made official in September of the same year. Thus, from the 2022 vintage, the label of Château Ausone will mention only the appellation Saint-Émilion Grand Cru. 

The Château Ausone is located on a 7-hectare south-facing vineyard mid-slope of the Saint-Émilion hillside, on limestone soils covered with a superficial layer of gravel. The grape varieties are 55% Cabernet franc and 45% Merlot. The wines are aged for 16 to 18 months in French... See more ...

Critics Château Ausone 2013.

Robert Parker
95/100
James Suckling
91/100
Vinous - A. Galloni
92/100
Jean-Marc Quarin
93/100

Description Château Ausone 2013.

The 2013 vintage can be described as a challenge in Bordeaux due to its capricious climatology, marked mainly by rainfall. Despite very favorable weather conditions during the summer, a very strict sorting was carried out during the harvest. The harvest was consequently low in quantity, and as a result the 2013 Château Ausone is of great precision and freshness. One of the best successes of the vintage.

The dress presents a pretty dark red color, intense and with slightly tiled reflections.

It opens with a beautiful nose of red and black fruits, violets and spices, before drawing on truffles and subtle notes of roasting.

Its entry in mouth is silky, and it reveals very quickly aromatic richness with jammy black fruits and dark chocolate notes. It develops with great density and freshness, thanks to very fine tannins. The finish is long and particularly pleasant. An incomparable success.

Food and wine pairing:

Château Ausone 2013 should accompany a gastronomic menu or, failing that, high quality dishes. It can accompany a salmis of pigeon as a starter, a roast goose or a tournedos with a truffle sauce as a main course, and a pear charlotte or an opera for dessert. A dish such as calf's liver or rabbit with mushrooms can be a good match.

As for cheeses, choose Brie de Meaux and Melun, but also Salers.

Ageing potential and tasting :

This wine will probably reach its qualitative peak between 2023 and 2030, and successive tastings should be carried out to measure its evolution as well as its qualitative peak.

To be served at room temperature, taking care, if possible, to open the bottle and decant it 5 to 6 hours before tasting.

The bottles will be kept in the cellar protected from light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.

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