Château Ausone: Brand

Though the legal wrangles of the Vaulthier and Dubois-Challon families may have detracted the focus from the wine produced at Ausone in the late 20th century, it remains a big-hitter in the Bordeaux region among the top eight brands in the region as named by Liv-ex. A few years of interfamilial disputes are a blip in the broader picture of a rich history of viticulture on this site which dates back to Roman Europe. Indeed, Château Ausone has been at the top of the tree ever since the St Émilion Classification in 1955 which named it a Premier Grand Cru Classe- a ranking which has remained unchanged for over half a century. The perfectionism of Alain Vaulthier and his understanding of the chateau’s unique terroir- clay and limestone on sand on steep, south-facing slopes have been a godsend to its fortunes. Prices have risen steadily under Alain’s tenure, peaking in 2011 at just under £700 per bottle and now rising gently once more.