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Château Ausone 1996

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All Vintages of this wine
Parker : 92 / 100
J. Robinson : 17,5 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted on three occasions within a two-month period, the 1996 Ausone is an impressive wine, but one that I feel does not reach the heights that Alain Vauthier and latterly his daughter Pauline have reached more recently. Deep and more youthful in color than previous bottles, it delivered a minty, floral, almost Margaux-like bouquet whose intensity has remained undimmed in all the years I have been tasting it. The palate is medium-bodied with a heady attack on the entry, a little warmth here that slightly smudged the delineation, Merlot in the driving seat for the first half and the Cabernet Franc component imparting blueberry and cassis notes on the finish. There is something a little showy about this Ausone -- certainly a very fine Saint Emilion and very respectable considering that this was not a propitious Right Bank vintage. Then again, in retrospect one can view it as a stepping stone to the successes of the 21st century. Tasted February 2015.
BordeauxSaint-Emilion
Alcohol
13

Grape varieties
Cabernet Franc/Merlot

Dessert wine
No

J. Robinson
17,5

R. Gabriel
19

Vinous - A. Galloni
92

Wine Spectator
92

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Vineyard
Libournais

Area
Bordeaux

Appellation
Saint-Emilion

Color
Red

Producer
Château Ausone

Classification
1er grand cru classé "A"

Parker
92

Allergens
Contains sulphites