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2011 Ausone

By Chateau Ausone

2011 Ausone from Chateau Ausone, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

Amid the string of prolific vintages that Bordeaux has been blessed with in recent years, the 2011 Ausone from Chateau Ausone casts a distinctive shadow. This particular year, marked by climatic idiosyncrasies, fashioned a wine of both intrigue and complexity that stands as a testament to the resilience and artistry encapsulated within Saint-Émilion’s ancient terroir.

 

Investor’s Delight: A Meticulous Craft

The vintage’s intricacies begin with its season; a hot spring prompted early flowering, which was followed by a less predictable summer. It was the laborious effort of the harvesters, vineyard managers, and winemaker – along with Chateau Ausone’s astute investment in their land and legacy – that ensured the fruition of grapes with balance and precision.

 

A Vintage Defined by Balance and Poise

The 2011 Ausone carries its narrative on the palate — an initial austerity gives way to a melodic harmony of flavours. One encounters a tapestry woven with dark berries, hints of plum, and an undercurrent of minerality that speaks to the limestone and clay foundation upon which these venerable vines reside. The tannic structure is decisive yet refined, promising a sanguine evolution in the cellar. Interestingly, the vintage's moderate alcohol levels contribute to its unique elegance, deviating from the often more robust expressions found in preceding years.

There is a certain je ne sais quoi about the 2011 offering from Chateau Ausone; it defies expectations typical of warmer years and instead showcases an enigmatic blend of depth and levity. It is a collectible that converses fluently about its origin – a Saint-Émilion star—possessing the potential for growth both in character and market value.

Ultimately, this vintage is one of intellect—a cerebral selection for those who appreciate the subtleties of Bordeaux’s variability. A wise addition to any diversified investment portfolio, the 2011 Ausone is an embodiment of fine wine alchemy—a rarity ripe for appreciation.

Market price (CAD)

$6,290.00

12x75cl

Highest score

96

POP score

236.25

Scores and tasting notes

96

This is extremely open and aromatic, with exotic fruit. Extremely wild. Full body, firm, silky tannins and a long, focused finish. This is very persistent and long. A top wine for the vintage. Muscular and toned. The old vines of cabernet franc make the difference here. 55% cabernet franc and 45% merlot. Try in 2019.

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 28th 2014

95

Its bigger sibling, the 2011 Ausone increases the level of intensity, elegance, complexity, richness and length. Nearly a mirror image of the La Chapelle, just with more going on, the Ausone boasts a more saturated purple color, and the wine has everything in large, intense proportions. The finesse and delicacy of all its components are what make it such a remarkable wine. The quality of the tannins and purity of the fruit make this another legendary effort that should age for 30-40 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 April 2014

93-95

The Grand Vin is a blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot, cropped at 29hl/ha. It has a comparatively luscious bouquet for the vintage with layers of ripe dark cherry and cassis fruit on the nose that are cloaked in vanillary new oak. It possesses an almost Burgundy-like purity. The palate is medium-bodied with velvety tannins, perfect balance and wonderful composure. The acidity is nigh on perfect, the focus and delineation beguiling. There is no explosion on the finish, just unbridled finesse. Outstanding. Tasted April 2012.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2012

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