Ausone 2018

Ausone 2018
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Region: Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

Blend: 40% Merlot, 60% Cabernet Franc

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Chateau Ausone 2018 is a truly exceptional wine, crafted by one of the most revered winemakers in Bordeaux. The wine boasts a deep, dark ruby color that is indicative of its concentration and depth. On the nose, it reveals an intense bouquet of blackberry, black cherry, and cassis, accompanied by subtle notes of licorice, cedar, and vanilla. On the palate, the wine is rich and powerful, with a full-bodied, velvety texture that coats the mouth. The tannins are firm and well-structured, providing a sturdy backbone to the wine and ensuring its longevity. The finish is long and satisfying, with flavors of dark fruit and spice that linger on the palate. Chateau Ausone 2018 is a wine that is truly representative of its terroir, with a perfect balance of power and elegance. It is a wine that will continue to evolve and develop over the next several decades, rewarding those who have the patience to cellar it for many years to come.

Robert Parker - 100 Points

"The 2018 Ausone is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple in color, rather predictably, the nose is almost completely shut-down on first sniff, taking considerable aeration to begin to reveal its jaw-dropping perfume of ripe black cherries, wild blueberries and plum preserves, leading to suggestions of candied violets, molten chocolate, licorice and crushed rocks with subtle cedar and pencil lead hints. The medium to full-bodied palate (14.5% alcohol) is so tightly wound and nuanced at this stage, it requires a lot of focus unravel all that is going on here. In short: a lot. The ripe, rich, black and blue fruit layers eventually give way to the beautifully cerebral earthy/minerally subtext, carried by fantastically well-knit tension, delivering an incredibly long, foundation-shaking finish. If the earth doesn't move when you drink this, you're probably not doing it right."

Antonio Galloni - 99 Points

"The 2018 Ausone is mind-blowing. The aromatics alone are mesmerizing. I don’t know what more to say. Cabernet Franc is so expressive, so vibrant so nuanced. Rose petal, cinnamon, star anise and sage meld into a core of red fleshed fruit. The 2018 doesn’t impress the opulence or richness, rather it is a Saint-Émilion that is all about persistence and energy. I won’t be at all surprised if it merits a higher score in the future. Readers who can find it should not hesitate. The 2018 is a viscerally thrilling wine of the highest level."