Château Ausone 2023

Château Ausone 2023

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60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot.

Named after the Roman poet Ausonius, who allegedly had a villa on the estate, Château Ausone is planted with six hectares of vines in a natural amphitheatre. It benefits from an east-southeast exposure on the top of St Emilion’s limestone plateau and is perceived as one of the best terroir in Bordeaux. The estate belongs to the Vauthier family and was ranked as Premier Grand Cru Classé A, alongside Château Cheval Blanc, in 1955. However, they recently decided to withdraw from the classification. The team follows biodynamic principles and produce wines known for their structure and ageing potential.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Independent: 98-100/100
A blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot, the 2023 Ausone has a pH of 3.63 and a deep garnet-purple color. It is very mute and reticent to show its personality to start, needing a lot of shaking and pleading to coax out a series of intense scents: fresh blackberries, violets, licorice, pencil shavings, and tar, leading to an undercurrent of Sichuan pepper and fertile loam. The medium-bodied palate has wonderful tension and is incredibly taut and tight-knit, offering glimpses at layers of mineral and floral accented fresh blackberry flavors. It is textured by incredibly ripe, fine-grained tannins, delivering a very long finish, laced with mineral sparkles.

James Suckling: 98-99/100
I don't think I have tasted an Ausone like this. The purity of fruit and fluidity is so primary, like perfectly picked grapes with their juice. Then there is citrus freshness. It's muscular, with toned tannins that caress the palate and give a seamless finish. This really could push the boundaries for the character of Ausone, in the way of finesse with structure. Watch it. 60% cabernet franc and 40% merlot.

Jane Anson: 97/100
Density and well-cushioned fruit, another stunning vintage of a wine that somehow manages to make an effortless impression, edges of cloves and grilled sandalwood, full of nuance and capturing the aromatics depths and heights of the vintage, gorgeous. 100% new oak. Philippe Baillarguet cellar master, Vauthier family owners, organic certified in the vineyard.

William Kelley - Wine Advocate: 96/100
The 2023 Ausone reveals an incipient bouquet of violet, smoke, dark wild berries, spices and cherries, all beautifully interwoven with creamy new oak. Medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with a rich chassis of tannin, it has a vibrant core of fruit and a long, mineral, vanillin-inflected finish. At 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot, this ranks alongside the 2014 vintage as one of the most Cabernet-dominant Ausone vintages of recent years, and it will mature for 20 months in new oak barrels.