By Chateau Ausone
2015 Ausone from Chateau Ausone, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux
In the pantheon of Bordeaux wines, the 2015 Ausone from Chateau Ausone represents a particular high watermark for investors and aficionados alike. This vintage, hailing from the esteemed right bank region of Saint-Émilion, has been lauded for its exemplary finesse and structure.
Vintage Virtuosity: An Asset in Your Portfolio
The 2015 growing season in Bordeaux benefited from optimal conditions – a moderate spring followed by a hot, dry summer and timely rain in September. The result for Chateau Ausone was nothing short of magnificent. A testament to the terroir's propensity for balance and harmony, the 2015 vintage encapsulates an alliance between power and elegance that astute collectors should consider as a cornerstone of their investment.
An Unveiling of Elegance Amidst Ideal Conditions
Upon decanting, the 2015 Ausone exudes aromas of black cherries and plums with an undercurrent of graphite and violet – a bouquet that seduces before even a sip is taken. On the palate, it unveils a tapestry woven with rich dark fruit notes, buttressed by refined tannins that promise longevity. With a hint of oak lending gravitas without overshadowing the estate's classic freshness, this wine illustrates the alchemy between man's hand and nature’s bounty.
The precision with which the 2015 Ausone displays its olfactory and gustatory profile suggests an investable commodity bound to accrue value over time. It remains intricately complex yet startlingly lithe – qualities that underscore its potential to evolve gracefully in the cellar.
Evaluating fine wines such as the 2015 Ausone requires consideration not just of the taste but of the vintage’s place within broader market contexts. For those looking to expand their collection with a wine that encompasses both critical acclaim and profound character, this particular offering from Chateau Ausone is compelling. The harmonious interplay between its core attributes sets it apart as one of the most enticing investments from the fruitful garland of Saint-Émilion's 2015 vintages.
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Scores and tasting notes
A mindbinder of a wine with pure fruit and so much fine tannins and mineral character. It’s hyper tight and super polished. The palate starts off slowly and ends with a bang. Amazing endless finish. What an energy.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com
Composed of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot aged in French oak barrels, 85% new, for 20 months, the 2015 Ausone features a deep garnet-purple color and comes bounding out of the glass with expressive plum preserves, wild blueberries and cherry pie aromas plus fragrant nuances of roses, licorice, Indian spices, baker’s chocolate, new leather and cedar chest plus a touch of underbrush. Big, rich, opulent and full-bodied in the mouth, it is laden with bold blue and black fruits, superbly supported by very firm, very finely grained tannins and wonderfully seamless freshness, finishing with long-lingering exotic spice hints.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 21 February 2018
Outrageously good winemaking from Alain Vauthier and his team, expressing this special terroir to (near) perfection. Fine, floral and well balanced, with chalky minerality, palatecaressing tannins, stylish (85% new) oak and the sort of finish that makes you want to skip down the street whistling. One of the wines of the vintage. Drink: 2025-40
Tim Atkin - timatkin.com
The 2015 Ausone is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot this year, cropped at 30 hl/ha between 29 September and 2 October for the Merlot and 8-10 October for the Cabernet Franc. Matured in 85% new oak, it has a very intense bouquet of small dark cherries, cassis, violets and incense, a hint of blood orange originating from the Merlot tucked underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, seamlessly integrated oak. It is an intense Saint Emilion with a superb arching structure on the finish, while maintaining sufficient freshness from start to finish. It grips the mouth a little more than some of its peers, implying that it will need longer in bottle, but it will be worth the wait. Patience advised for this great Ausone courtesy of Alain and Pauline Vauthier.
Neal Martin - eRobertParker.com, #224, April 2016
Dark crimson with some purple. Real class and concentration on the nose - all vineyard, surely. Brisk yet very opulent. Lots of drive and no oak in evidence. Very fine. Very long.
Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com