By Chateau Ausone
2004 Ausone from Chateau Ausone, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux
The inaugural bottle of the 2004 Ausone from Chateau Ausone is an articulate testament to the resilience and potential underdog heroism that vintage can display. Against the often overshadowed backdrop of the storied 2005s, the 2004s—for those who seek the nuanced, overlooked gems—are holding a quiet muster, revealing slowly but surely their intricate layers and steadfast complexity.
A Vintage Defined by Patience and Grace
Entering two decades in repose, when the cork is prized away, it releases aromas that signify a rendition born from cooler climatic conditions; this gives the 2004 its signature canvas—a mélange of precision and classicism seldom captured so eloquently. The terroir-driven minerality cuts cleanly through the fabric of dark cherry and plums, conjuring images of the vineyard's limestone bedrock with every sip.
With vines deeply etched into Saint-Émilion's history, Chateau Ausone has synthesised these elements effortlessly into the glass. The tannins in this vintage have softened, embracing a suede-like quality that underscores a careful balance between power and finesse—the sign of a seasoned viniculturist releasing the reigns just enough to let nature speak.
A Profound Investment Opportunity
While some investors might centre their attention on more exuberant years, it's the quiet confidence of vintages like 2004 which offers profound opportunities for diversifying portfolios. And within this space, 2004 Ausone stands as a sage investment—an expression of Saint-Émilion's grandeur that is unfolding its splendour with stately grace.
In summary, in a sea awash with boisterous vintages clamouring for limelight, the 2004 Ausone from Chateau Ausone casts a striking silhouette of Bordeaux brilliance without caveat or apology—a compelling chapter within a connoisseur's collection worthy of astute investment consideration.
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Scores and tasting notes
A very deep purple colour. The nose needs some coaxing. It is more delicate than usual, not as precocious than the 2003. The palate is more about poise than power - very fine acidity. Robust tannins, more masculine than in previous years. Huge grip though, its concentration creeps up on you and makes its presence felt on the persistent finish. Very broody at the moment. Perhaps missing that profundity of the 2000 or 2003, yet it has that brilliant poise that makes Ausone so special. A return to the more classic style definitely. It may need time to come around though, perhaps 5 to 6 years. Tasted April 2005.
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - Wine Journal
One of the vintage’s most compelling wines (what’s new about that?), Alain Vauthier’s beloved 2004 Ausone has closed down considerably since I tasted it out of barrel, but it remains among the most concentrated wines of the vintage. Furthermore, along with Petrus, it will probably be the longest-lived. A dense purple color is accompanied by a celestial perfume of blue and black fruits, wet stones, flowers, and incense. On the palate, the wine exhibits exceptional power and concentration, but this historic terroir has also provided a surreal lightness to the wine’s impression. Beautiful flavors, sensational depth, and abundant structure suggest this 2004 will not be close to full maturity for 8-10 years. It should last for four decades.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2007
Very complex aromas of minerals, grapes and dried flowers. Hints of red licorice. Full-bodied, with a firm, racy tannin structure and a long, long finish. This is very close to 95-100
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com