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Château Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé A 1985

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Not just one of the most legendary Saint-Émilions (premier grand cru classé A), it is also the smallest and oldest. A truly great wine for ageing; deep, rich and racy.

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Quantity: 2 bottlesObservation: 2 Highly marked labelsLevel: 2 Low neckOrigin: private individualRecoverable VAT: noRegion: BordeauxAppellation: Saint-Émilion Grand CruClassification: Premier Grand Cru Classé AOwner: Alain et Catherine Vauthier
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Château Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé A 1985

The wine

When young, Château Ausone's wines have a light colour and fairly hard tannins, but the informed wine enthusiast will not be deceived: these great wines are made to have an exceptional capacity to age and will only soften after 15 or 20 years in the cellar, when they reveal a wonderful aromatic bouquet of spices, mocha, toast and minerals.

About the Producer Château Ausone

It is said that a wine always resembles its owner. This is certainly true at Ausone, where the excellence of the wines is reflected in the rigorous, inexhaustible care applied at every stage of their production by Alain Vauthier, who was co-director of the property for many years and became the owner in 1997. The origin of this wine's name has never been established, but there is every reason to believe that it was named in honour of the Latin poet Ausone, a former inhabitant of the region and a great wine lover. With just seven hectares, Ausone is the only human-scale Bordeaux Premier Cru Classé; some of its plots benefit from the presence of an underlying porous rock, in close contact with the vines' shallow roots, which absorbs any excess water and then restores it during hot, dry summers. It was for this reason that Ausone escaped unharmed from the frost in 1956 that destroyed 80% of the Gironde's vines; and as a result, is one of the rare Bordeaux vineyards to contain vines that are more than half a century old. After a period of middling quality, due to some confusion as to the wine's direction, the arrival of Alain Vauthier in 1974 signalled a return to excellence. As for Chapelle d'Ausone, it is usually of very high quality, and must be included in the unfortunately short list of great second wines.

Detailed characteristics

Quantity: 2 bottles

Level: 2 Low neckObservation: 2 Highly marked labels

Origin: private individual

Recoverable VAT: no

Original wooden case / Original case: no

French customs seal: yes

Alcohol percentage: 12.5 %

Region: Bordeaux

Appellation: Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

Classification: Premier Grand Cru Classé A

Owner: Alain et Catherine Vauthier

Vintage: 1985

Colour: red

Service temperature: 16°

Viticulture: conventional More information....

Size (in ha): 7 hectares

Volume: 22000 bottles

Intensity: classic

Leading aroma: black fruit

Tasting occasion: food-friendly wine

Grape variety: Cabernet Franc, Merlot
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