Ausone 2009


Château Ausone is situated in Saint-Émilion on arguably the best terroir in all of Bordeaux, the limestone rich soils of Ausone are 10% on the plateau and 90% on steep southeast-facing slopes that offer excellent sun-ripening opportunities for the grapes. Unlike the Merlot dominated wines of other Saint-Émilion winemakers, the wines of Château Ausone represent an almost 50/50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This gives them increased dimension, complexity, and elegance and a signature taste that you can identify easily blind (provided it is early enough in the lineup) and that you remember long after you have had the last sip.

At only 7ha, Château Ausone is small by even right bank standards. The less than 2000 cases produced every year are difficult to come by, which is why we make a point of buying them whenever we can get access.

Only 1,200 cases were made of the perfect 2009 vintage and we happen to have (3) 3-Packs in Original Wooden Cases on the way! We have priced these to be the lowest anywhere in the United States per bottle, even though there is typically a premium when in OWC. The only other original case in the market is $5,800 for a 3-pack.



2009 Ausone

“Incredible nose of currants and blueberries. Flowers too. Licorice. Such purity on the nose of Cabernet Franc. Full body, incredible structure, with fabulous tannins and a long, long finish. Built out of stone. The perfect Ausone.” 100, James Suckling

“Such a dreamy, perfumed aroma to this wine. Full-bodied, but wonderfully polished and integrated. It touches every millimeter of your palate and the texture makes you want to cry. It touches your soul. Goes on for minutes. Another perfect red? ” 97-100, Wine Spectator

“A masterpiece in the making, proprietor Alain Vauthier’s 2009 Ausone boasts a dense purple color along with notes of powdered chalk, crushed rocks and wild blue, red and black fruits. Extravagantly rich with great minerality, precision and freshness as well as a voluptuous texture (unusual for a baby Ausone), this is an extraordinary wine. Sadly, there are fewer than 1,200 cases … for the world."  98, Robert Parker

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