Ausone 1996

Current Market Price: £5,400.00 / 12x75cl
Chateau Ausone, Ausone, 1996

Tasting Notes Ausone 1996

93

I do not understand the critics of Alain Vautier, who now has sole control of Ausone and is taking the estate's quality to a higher level. Moreover, the wine is consistent, with great depth and richness on the mid-palate, without sacrificing Ausone's 40-50+ years of longevity. As I suspected, the 1996 is beginning to shut down. I left it in the glass for nearly 30 minutes and was impressed with the nuances that developed. The color is a dense ruby/black/purple. Reluctant aromas of blueberries, blackberries, minerals, flowers, truffles, and subtle new oak eventually emerge. Elegant on the attack, with sweet ripeness, and a delicate, concentrated richness, the hallmark of this wine is subtlety rather than flamboyance. A sweet mid-palate sets it apart from many of the uninspiring Ausones of the eighties and seventies. The wine is stylish, and presently understated, with tremendous aging potential. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2040.

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Advocate #122 April 1999
92

Tasted at the Ausone vertical in London. A dark garnet hue. The nose is more endearing than the bottle served in July, very perfumed and floral with violets, touch of liquorices and boysenberry, gaining intensity all the time, developing a touch of dried apricot. The palate is medium-bodied, the tannins not quite as fine as the 1998, a little chewier, but good acidity and weight. Just a little abrasive towards the finish, quite edgy and tart and lacking the same level of persistency towards the finish. Drink now-2018. Tasted December 2009.

Neal Martin
Wine Journal Nov 2010

Ausone Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Ausone 2018 Chateau Ausone POA 12x75cl
Ausone 2017 Chateau Ausone £4,923.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2016 Chateau Ausone £7,079.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2016 Chateau Ausone £2,058.00 3x75cl
Ausone 2015 Chateau Ausone £7,200.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2015 Chateau Ausone £3,710.00 6x75cl
Ausone 2014 Chateau Ausone £4,000.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2014 Chateau Ausone £2,250.00 6x75cl
Ausone 2013 Chateau Ausone £3,530.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2012 Chateau Ausone £4,010.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2012 Chateau Ausone £2,000.00 6x75cl
Ausone 2011 Chateau Ausone £4,200.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2011 Chateau Ausone £2,150.00 6x75cl
Ausone 2010 Chateau Ausone £10,200.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2010 Chateau Ausone £5,500.00 6x75cl
Ausone 2009 Chateau Ausone £8,738.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2008 Chateau Ausone £4,408.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2008 Chateau Ausone £2,315.00 6x75cl
Ausone 2007 Chateau Ausone £5,478.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2006 Chateau Ausone £4,800.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2005 Chateau Ausone £10,000.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2005 Chateau Ausone £5,750.00 6x75cl
Ausone 2004 Chateau Ausone £4,180.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2003 Chateau Ausone £8,450.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2002 Chateau Ausone £4,481.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2001 Chateau Ausone £5,750.00 12x75cl
Ausone 2000 Chateau Ausone £10,790.00 12x75cl
Ausone 1999 Chateau Ausone £4,800.00 12x75cl
Ausone 1998 Chateau Ausone £4,995.00 12x75cl
Ausone 1997 Chateau Ausone £3,600.00 12x75cl
Ausone 1996 Chateau Ausone £5,400.00 12x75cl
Ausone 1995 Chateau Ausone £4,800.00 12x75cl
Ausone 1990 Chateau Ausone £4,236.00 12x75cl
Ausone 1989 Chateau Ausone £3,300.00 12x75cl
Ausone 1986 Chateau Ausone £3,000.00 12x75cl
Ausone 1982 Chateau Ausone £5,760.00 12x75cl