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2000 Ausone

By Chateau Ausone

2000 Ausone from Chateau Ausone, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

At the turn of the millennium, the vintners of Bordeaux were blessed with climatic grace, resulting in a vintage that gifted us something spectacular: the 2000 Ausone from Chateau Ausone. This particular bottle stands as a testament to the finesse inherent in Saint-Émilion's limestone expanse and the consummate artistry of its creators.

 

A Vintage Laced with Prestige and Promise

The year 2000 was generously kind to Bordeaux, where a harmonious blend of favourable conditions smiled upon the vineyards. It is in this context that Chateau Ausone, laboring under skies that graced them with both ample sunshine and optimal rainfall at critical periods, sculpted a vintage that coaxed forth the latent brilliance of their vines.

Upon experiencing the 2000 Ausone, an oratory of complexity emerges; it narrates a tale of concentrated black fruits interlaced with whispers of truffle and incense. Layers unfurl to reveal a resolute structure where tannins assert themselves with a respectful but unyielding presence—an affirmation of excellent aging potential.

The palate's thoroughbred elegance bespeaks its origin—limestone's cool whisper is palpable behind the warmth of perfectly ripened fruit. Meanwhile, an artful positioning of acidity maintains an impressive and vibrant backbone—a reminder of why fine wine investment connoisseurs seek out these rare jewels.

 

An Exemplary Fusion for Discerning Investors

Anchoring itself firmly among the elite ensemble of prestigious vintages, the 2000 Ausone offers an investment opportunity anchored in rarity and pedigree. It promenades seamlessly between the worlds of illustrious collectability and hedonistic enjoyment—a truly profound selection for portfolios intent on including one of Bordeaux's undeniable treasures.

In summation, sliding into the elegiac realms rather than the ephemeral, it is vintages such as the 2000 Ausone from Chateau Ausone that enrich both the patina of cellars and the heritage of wine investment alike.

Market price (CAD)

$15,900.00

12x75cl

Highest score

98

POP score

531.11

Scores and tasting notes

98

Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s 2000 tasting in London. The Ausone 2000 has a very pure nose with brambly black fruit, cassis, plum, touch of tar and liquorices and...yes...a hint of white chocolate. Wonderful definition and opulence, blossoming in the glass and developing a savoury touch from some ripe Cabernet Franc. The palate is full-bodied with lithe tannins, very fine and more feminine than its peers. Very well poised with red-berried fruit, raspberry, wild strawberry and a touch of glycerine. This is very polished and utterly sensuous, with the precision on the finish as good as any you will find in this vintage. Superb. Drink now-2040. Tasted March 2010.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Sep 2010

98

Two bottles were badly corked, which is certainly a scary situation for a wine where only 1,000 or so cases were produced. However, a third bottle was magical and just short of perfection. Its saturated purple color was followed by a surprisingly more evolved and open wine than I had written in my tasting note in 2003, where I predicted maturity between 2020 and 2075. This wine displays wonderful, sweet tannin and a big, sweet kiss of truffle, crushed rock, blueberry, blackberry, and licorice. Extremely rich, full-bodied, with astonishing power, precision, and delicacy, this is a sumptuous wine that should age well for 50-60 years, but in the case of the one bottle out of three that was not corked, it seemed far more evolved and forward than I suggested in my write-up in 2003.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2010

97

No tasting note available.

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com

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