By Chateau Ausone
2008 Ausone from Chateau Ausone, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
In the firmament of Bordeaux's most celebrated wines, a comet named the 2008 Ausone from Chateau Ausone blazed a thoroughly unique trail across the discerning palates of oenophiles and investors alike. Situated in the prestigious Saint-Emilion region, this distinguished vintage stands as a herald of tradition and sublime craftsmanship.
A Vintage Adorned with Complexities
The year 2008 was marked by climatic whimsy, which added an enthralling complexity to its bourgeoning fruits. Chateau Ausone, with their masterful touch, has transcended these challenges to present a vintage that speaks of balance, depth, and vigour. The terroir's limestone bedrock and favourable south-facing slopes have suffused the grapes with an elegant minerality, setting this wine apart from other years.
Investment Potential Matured to Perfection
The 2008 Ausone conveys an alluring montage of flavours, where hints of ripe blackberries and cherries converge upon subtle traceries of violet and licorice. With time, it unfurls layers of complexity reminiscent of a tapestry from antiquity—deeply textured yet astoundingly precise. As with all star investments, the trajectory of the 2008's value has ascended gracefully over the last decade, promising further enrichment for those who discern its potential amidst a constellation of fine wines.
This cherished potation now resides at an enviable precipice where maturity beckons a consummate bouquet to unfurl. However, affording it a few more years in cellars under patient stewardship would only amplify its sophistication—a prudent consideration for any connoisseur or investor.
In summation, the 2008 Ausone from Chateau Ausone is an illustrious exemplar of the vintage's charm and resilience. It nestles impeccably within any well-curated wine investment portfolio, offering not only a tasteful odyssey but also contemplative delight in its bright future prospects.
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Scores and tasting notes
Possibly the “wine of the vintage,” the 2008 boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as a glorious perfume of spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, camphor, truffles and crushed rocks. With great fruit on the attack and mid-palate, a medium to full-bodied, multidimensional mouthfeel and a skyscraper-like finish, this prodigious effort over-delivers, even for this phenomenal terroir. Give it 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 40-50 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 1 May 2011
This wine has a superb finish with loads of raspberry and cherry with super fine tannins. It is really silky textured. It’s full and balanced long finish. Fresh, very clean and precise. Leave it for six to seven years. Fabulous for the vintage.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, December 20th 2010
Tasted at the chateau with Alain Vauthier, the Ausone ’08 is more taciturn on the nose compared to recent vintages and demands coaxing from the glass. Pure blackberry and cassis, a hint of mint, very restrained but beautifully focused. The palate is medium-bodied with cashmere tannins, pure black cherry, strawberry and raspberry fruit, perfect acidity and brilliant focus. This is a restrained, elegant Ausone that is beautifully crafted and underpinned with a pixelated finish with hints of vanilla adorning the aftertaste. Lovely. Drink 2015-2030. Tasted October 2010.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jan 2011