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Chateau Ausone 1996

$10,800 1 Imperial (6L) |
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    Parker : 92 / 100
    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
    12.5

    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

    Region
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Chateau Ausone

    Classification
    1er grand cru classé "A"

    Parker
    92

    Allergens
    Contains sulfites

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