By Chateau Ausone
1990 Ausone from Chateau Ausone, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
The 1990 vintage from the storied cellars of Chateau Ausone represents a paramount moment in the annals of fine wine investment. Distinctive in its majestic composition, the 1990 Ausone articulates the zenith of a Bordeaux expression, crafted during a year that many a connoisseur considers one of the most capable and generous seasons for vine bounty.
A Confluence of Climate and Craft
Mother Nature proffered an exceptional climate in 1990, graced by an idyllic spring budding followed by a summer that balanced warmth and precipitation to near perfection. These unimpeachable conditions fundamentally emboldened the terroir-driven virtuosity observable within this particular cuvée. It was under such auspices that Chateau Ausone sculpted a wine of profound complexity and longevity.
Bespoke Elegance; Investable Artistry
This vintage encapsulates an articulate mélange of ripe black cherries and cassis, augmented by whispers of truffle and violet. The palate is luxuriously laden with layers of vibrant fruit and rich earthiness, intertwined with suave tannins that bear the hallmark of prestigious Saint-Emilion craftsmanship. Amidst its complexity, however, lies a compelling grace – indicative of impeccable balance and astute winemaking.
For investors with a discerning eye on growth as well as grandeur, the 1990 Ausone is a persuasive proposition. In much the same vein as Renaissance artisans laid bare their souls upon canvas, so too does this wine present its story – one penned in olfactory strokes and tinted with the intricate hues of viticulture finesse.
Decades into its journey, the 1990 Ausone continues to hold court with its poised evolution. A bastion of Bordeaux brilliance — as complex as it is commanding — it remains an essential piece within any serious collection seeking both diversification and delight.
A Vintage To Remember; An Investment To Cherish
In sum, with scarcity matched only by reputation, the 1990 Ausone poses an enthralling chapter in the ledger of fine wines. Its ceaseless ascent in both acclaim and value not only underscores its own heritage but also further cements Chateau Ausone's position within the pantheon of exemplary winemaking. For connoisseurs and investors alike, it remains one of the most esteemed additions to any selective portfolio.
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Scores and tasting notes
After revealing some amber at the edge as well as copious aromas of fruitcake, crushed rocks, incense, and a weedy character, the 1990 Ausone offers up sweet, jammy fruit notes as well as a firm finish with the tell-tale crushed rock minerality that this estate often achieves. The aromatics suggest a fully mature wine, but in the mouth, the firm structure and density indicate this effort needs more time. This wine gives off mixed signals, and I suspect it will last much longer than it appears, but only time will tell. There is a lot to like here, but the 1990 is not one of the most profound Ausones, such as those made since 1998. Owners should try a bottle and make up their own minds, but I think it has another 10- to 15-year window of maximum pleasure. Release price: ($3500.00/case)
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2009
Tasted at the Ausone vertical in London. Dark claret core with deep brick/tawny rim. The nose is odd: very polished with some noticeable volatility at first, lifted red fruits: kirsch, juniper berries, a touch of blood orange and a little ginger. Good definition, but it takes some getting used to. It develops a digestive biscuit aroma with time. The palate is medium-bodied, certainly less complex than more recent vintages but it is well balanced. There is a touch of piquancy here, tart red-berried fruits, relatively lightweight but very fresh towards the finish. There are superior examples of this wine out there. Drink now-2020. Tasted December 2009.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Nov 2010