Château Ausone 2016 75cl

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Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 99 Points: “The 2016 Ausone is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it's quite closed at first glance, slowly unfurling to reveal the most incredible perfume of violets, chocolate-covered cherries, warm black plums, Black Forest cake and roasted nuts with suggestions of charcuterie, wood smoke and cedar chest. The medium to full-bodied palate offers a quiet intensity of flavors that grow in the mouth to unveil layer after layer of black and red berries intertwined with beautiful savory notions framed by firm yet velvety tannins, finishing with epic length and amazing energy. It practically tingles on the palate! ”

Rene Gabriel 20 Points: “Fassprobe 17: (50% Cabernet Franc, 50% Merlot, 40 hl/ha, Produktion 25'000 Flaschen) Frisches, komplexes, samtenes, dichtes Bouquet, verschiedene Beeren, Heidelbeeren, Minze, Kräuter, Red Currant, Edelhölzer, Pralinen. Dichterverwobener, vielschichtiger, eleganter, feingliedriger Gaumen mit dichter, samtener, süsser Frucht, viel feinem Tannin, konzentrierter, vielfältiger Aromatik, eleganter, dichter, fein muskulöser Struktur, sehr langer dichter, aromatischer, frischer Abgang mit vielen Rückaromen.”

Jeff Leve 100 Points: “Deep, dark garnet in color, you are instantly hit with a unique note of flowers and crushed rocks as you first nose the wine. On the palate, it tastes and feels liquefied essences of rocks and perfectly ripe, dark pit fruit and blackberries. The wine has symmetry. Everything is in balance between the fruit, tannins and acidity. The seamless finish, with its non-stop waves of fruit coats your palate in all the right ways. The wine remains with you for over 60 seconds! From a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot, this is one of the wines of the vintage. If you have cash, and the time to wait for maturity, this is a future legend in the making!”

Decanter 99 Points: “The incredible succulent power in Ausone puts a different perspective on other wines, as it so often does. The epitome of perfumed finesse. The yield is up at 40hl/ha, high for these poor limestone soils, and the remarkable clarity of expression that runs right through the delicate but fleshy raspberry and smoke-tinged palate is helped by a pH of 3.5 (compared to 3.6 last year). In my book this counts as one of the truly exciting signatures of the vintage and that is only boosted by the limestone terroir. Stunning, with enormous persistency and a finish that just doesn't want to quit. From a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc, aged in 80% new oak barrels. 98-100 points.”

Falstaff 100 Points: “Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, fester Kern, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung, kleine schwarze Beerenfrüchte, ein Hauch von Nougat und Mandarinen, zarte Anklänge von Edelholz, facettenreiches Bukett. Saftig, sehr elegant, reife Kirschen, feine, tragende Tannine, sehr gute Frische, seidiger, leichtfüßig wirkender Stil, salzig-zitronige Nuancen im Abgang, bleibt sehr lange haften, sicheres Entwicklungspotenzial.”

Roger Voss – Wine Enthusiast 99 Points: “Beautifully structured, this wine has elegance despite its heft and richness. It has the enticing acidity of the year as well as concentration and generous, spicy, perfumed Cabernet Franc. This is a wine to age and it will not be ready before 2025.“

Andreas Larsson – Tasted 100 Points: “Intense nose, pure, mineral with lovely ripe dark berries, violet and wet stone. Grainy tannin, dense but fresh with lovely proportions, savoury dark fruit, with sage and aniseed, freh blackberry and cassis notes keep lingering with some stony/chalky notes on the finish, tremendously long, vibrant and impressive.”