2018 Chateau Ausone Saint-Emilion

$925.00
(Net Item - no discounts apply)
DC100WA98-100

Famed for its rugged minerality with ripe tannins and purity of fruit. This is Casablanca in bottled form.  
“It is an impenetrable wall to begin, unrelenting without persistent coaxing, at last uncoiling to offer glimpses at preserved plums, blueberry coulis, molten licorice and underbrush with emerging scents of lavender, iron ore, crushed stones, charcoal and Indian spices plus a waft of red roses.” - WA 

The rough edge of Bogart, the smooth touch of Bergman. Round up the usual suspects and enjoy this bottle as time goes by. 

Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Vintage:
2018
Aging:
20 months
Appellation:
Bordeaux
Sub-Appellation:
St. Emilion Premiere Grand Cru Classe
Total Varietal Composition %:
50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
SKU #:
1039395
Size:
750 ml Bottle
DC100

Decanter

This is deep and ripped, coming out you like a powerhouse, then it stops, tiptoes away, then rises up to slowly stretch out through the palate, displaying incredible tension and length. Graphite, flint, earth, crushed stone, blackberry, cassis and a juicy salinity from the scrape of limestone. Pretty clear this is going to power through the next 30-40 years effortlessly. And it just keeps going. Clearly survived the drought of the summer without so much as breaking a sweat. 3.6pH. Average age of the vines is 52 years old.

WA98-100

Wine Advocate

The 2018 Ausone is composed of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot. The Merlot was harvested September 25 and 27, and the Cabernet Franc was harvested October 3, 8 and 9. Deep purple-black in color, it is an impenetrable wall to begin, unrelenting without persistent coaxing, at last uncoiling to offer glimpses at preserved plums, blueberry coulis, molten licorice and underbrush with emerging scents of lavender, iron ore, crushed stones, charcoal and Indian spices plus a waft of red roses. Full-bodied, rich, decadent and tightly knit, it offers layer upon layer of fruit, spice and mineral nuances with a firm frame of exquisitely fine tannins and bold freshness, finishing with epic length and heart-stopping beauty... Château Ausone-one of the most envied vineyards in all of Bordeaux--truly excelled itself in 2018. Perched on Saint-Émilion’s famous limestone plateau and calcareous clay slope, it clearly showed its pedigree under 2018’s challenging conditions. The Vauthiers have produced a wine from this place and time that is at once intense, superbly nuanced and bursting with energy but has a rock-solid structure of perfectly ripe tannins.