2020 Chateau Ausone

Bordeaux Blend Red

France / Bordeaux / Libournais / Saint-Emilion

$1,860
JD 98
RP 95
V 99
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1er Grand Cru Classé

2020 Chateau Ausone, Saint-Emilion, France

Château Ausone is the jewel of the estate, a masterpiece of subtle elegance. Like a cathedral, it initially presents a big, powerful, mineral profile of Cabernet Franc.
Then comes the Merlot, round and pure with a chiselled texture. Finesse and freshness linger long on the palate, finishing with exquisite balance. This is a monumental wine that travels through time, polished by its loving passage.

Grape varieties
50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Merlot
Culture
Sustainable viticulture
Type of soil
Limestone clay on limestone base asterias
Winemaking
Traditional fermentation in wooden vats
Planned breeding
20 to 22 months in barrel 80% in new barrels
Maturity
To be enjoyed from 2027 to 2059
Cork
Natural cork
Conditioning
Wooden case
Alcoholic degree
+/- 14% vol

JD 98

Jeb Dunnuck

(Rating 98+) A blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot (the last time it was this blend was in 2010), the 2020 Château Ausone spent 20 months in new French oak, which has already been just about completely absorbed by this beauty. In comparison to the Chapelle d'Ausone, the Grand Vin is tighter and straighter, with an incredible yet primordial bouquet of red, blue, and black fruits intermixed with notions of iron, smoked tobacco, and graphite, with a liqueur of rocks-like sense of minerality. Dense purple-hued, full-bodied, backward, incredibly concentrated, and powerful, it has building tannins, a dense, stacked mid-palate, and enough structure and baby fat to warrant a solid decade of bottle age. This is a powerful Ausone built for the long haul, and it will unquestionably rank with the greats from the Vauthier family.
RP 95

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

(Rating 95+) A blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the 2020 Ausone wafts from the glass with aromas of dark berries and cherries mingled with notions of incense, spices and raw cocoa framed by a creamy patina of new oak. Medium to full-bodied, layered and seamless, it's pure and concentrated, with a sweet core of fruit, generously extracted tannins and a vanillin-inflected finish. Less seamless and sensual than the lovely 2019, it will require some patience to come together, but there is no mistaking the quality of the terroir here. Reviewed by William Kelley, Issue date: April 2023. Drinking window: 2030 - 2070.
V 99

Vinous

The 2020 Ausone is stellar. Usually a showier wine, Ausone is packed with bright acids, deep fruit and tons of supporting structure. Dark red fruit, blood orange, pomegranate, rose petal, mocha and dried herbs all race out of the glass. Deep and layered, with magnificent finesse, Ausone is lights out in 2020. What a wine. Readers lucky enough to own it are in for a thrilling ride over the next few decades. Reviewed by Antonio Galloni, Issue date: December 2022. Drinking window: 2030 - 2070.

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  • WINEMAKER NOTES
JD 98

Jeb Dunnuck

(Rating 98+) A blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot (the last time it was this blend was in 2010), the 2020 Château Ausone spent 20 months in new French oak, which has already been just about completely absorbed by this beauty. In comparison to the Chapelle d'Ausone, the Grand Vin is tighter and straighter, with an incredible yet primordial bouquet of red, blue, and black fruits intermixed with notions of iron, smoked tobacco, and graphite, with a liqueur of rocks-like sense of minerality. Dense purple-hued, full-bodied, backward, incredibly concentrated, and powerful, it has building tannins, a dense, stacked mid-palate, and enough structure and baby fat to warrant a solid decade of bottle age. This is a powerful Ausone built for the long haul, and it will unquestionably rank with the greats from the Vauthier family.
RP 95

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

(Rating 95+) A blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the 2020 Ausone wafts from the glass with aromas of dark berries and cherries mingled with notions of incense, spices and raw cocoa framed by a creamy patina of new oak. Medium to full-bodied, layered and seamless, it's pure and concentrated, with a sweet core of fruit, generously extracted tannins and a vanillin-inflected finish. Less seamless and sensual than the lovely 2019, it will require some patience to come together, but there is no mistaking the quality of the terroir here. Reviewed by William Kelley, Issue date: April 2023. Drinking window: 2030 - 2070.
V 99

Vinous

The 2020 Ausone is stellar. Usually a showier wine, Ausone is packed with bright acids, deep fruit and tons of supporting structure. Dark red fruit, blood orange, pomegranate, rose petal, mocha and dried herbs all race out of the glass. Deep and layered, with magnificent finesse, Ausone is lights out in 2020. What a wine. Readers lucky enough to own it are in for a thrilling ride over the next few decades. Reviewed by Antonio Galloni, Issue date: December 2022. Drinking window: 2030 - 2070.

2020 Chateau Ausone, Saint-Emilion, France

Château Ausone is the jewel of the estate, a masterpiece of subtle elegance. Like a cathedral, it initially presents a big, powerful, mineral profile of Cabernet Franc.
Then comes the Merlot, round and pure with a chiselled texture. Finesse and freshness linger long on the palate, finishing with exquisite balance. This is a monumental wine that travels through time, polished by its loving passage.

Grape varieties
50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Merlot
Culture
Sustainable viticulture
Type of soil
Limestone clay on limestone base asterias
Winemaking
Traditional fermentation in wooden vats
Planned breeding
20 to 22 months in barrel 80% in new barrels
Maturity
To be enjoyed from 2027 to 2059
Cork
Natural cork
Conditioning
Wooden case
Alcoholic degree
+/- 14% vol

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