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2009 Ausone

By Chateau Ausone

2009 Ausone from Chateau Ausone, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

The esteemed 2009 vintage from Chateau Ausone represents not just a summit for this illustrious label but a bottle that plays a symphonic homage to Bordeaux’s exceptional year. A serene combination of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the 2009 Ausone, embraces Saint-Emilion's hallowed limestone terraces with the savoir-faire that only decades, if not centuries, can cultivate. “Opulent” may seem trite in the world of fine wine descriptions, yet here it is nothing short of apt.

 

The Embodiment of Elegance: Decoding the Allure

Amidst the pantheon of Bordeaux's prized wines, the 2009 Ausone stands as a beacon of winemaking mastery. The vintage's climatic bounty is enchanted within the wine's very essence; a mild spring followed by a resplendent summer gift-wrapped optimal conditions that coaxed the best from Ausone's vines. We find here a tapestry woven with threads of ripe black cherries and blueberries, embellished by titillating hints of truffle and fresh violets.

 

Austere Yet Approachable: Investor’s Delight

In investing terms, balance is key and this axiom holds true in oenology as well. Within the glass lies an impeccable equilibrium of acidity, tannin, and fruit—a triad that conjures an immediate yet lasting impression on the palate. The lucid structure and subtle power suggest longevity deserving of any seasoned investor’s portfolio, promising a return on sensory engagement with every uncorking.

The 2009 vintage is indeed a hallmark year for Chateau Ausone. One marvels not just at its layered complexity but at its near-perfect execution that showcases how formidable weather conditions can be harnessed to craft something truly extraordinary. It truly encapsulates the essence of Saint-Emilion terroir while setting a benchmark for future vintages to aspire towards.

In sum, the 2009 Ausone from Chateau Ausone has gracefully matured into one of the most sought-after collectibles—a wine that not only underscores its prestigious heritage but unmistakeably echoes Saint-Emilion’s unprecedented climatic favour in 2009. An exemplar in fine wine investment potentiality and tasting sophistication alike; it stands as an undoubted jewel within any connoisseur's collection.

Market price (CAD)

$14,680.00

12x75cl

Highest score

100

POP score

441

Scores and tasting notes

100

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 prefect Ausone. Try after 2022.

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 14th 2012

98

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. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2060+

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 December 2011

97

Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Ausone '09 has quite an unusual nose compared to its peers

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2013

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