Ausone

1996 Ausone Ausone

  • Classification:
    1er Grand Cru Classe A
  • Color:
    Red
  • Appellation:
    Saint Emillion
  • Volume:
    0.75L
  • Grape Type:
    Cabernet Franc, Merlot
  • Packaging:
    Loose
  • Stock Location:
    France
€473
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Wine Critics Notes:

Vinous - Score: 92 (Mar. 2018)

The 1996 Ausone is a vintage that I have tasted on four or five occasions. This was similar to previous examples with a very floral and outgoing bouquet, those wilted violet petals infusing the boysenberry and blueberry fruit, quite glossy in style, one of the most modern of that decade. It certainly has more intensity than earlier vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet and ripe tannin, impressive acidity and weight although it does not revel in the complexity of other vintages, perhaps because the growing season did not favour the Right Bank. There is a touch of headiness on the finish that is a little otiose but otherwise this is a thoroughly enjoyable Ausone. Tasted at the Ausone vertical in London.