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Château Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé A  1990 - Lot of 1 Bottle
Château Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé A  1990 - Lot of 1 Bottle Château Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé A  1990 - Lot of 1 Bottle

Château Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé A 1990

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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Lot Description: Château Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé A 1990

Lot description

  • Quantity 1 Bottle
  • Level:1 top-shoulder
  • Label: 1 slightly folded label, 1 very slightly marked label
  • Origin: Private individual
  • Type of cellar: Classic underground cellar
  • Recoverable VAT: No
  • Original Wooden Case: No
  • Custom Seal : no
  • Alcohol percentage : 13 %

Information about the wine

  • Country/Region: Bordeaux
  • Appellation/Wine: Saint-Émilion
  • Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé A
  • Producer/Owner: Alain et Catherine Vauthier
  • Vintage: 1990
  • Color: Red
  • Grape variety: 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet franc
  • Peak: Drink ideally by 2025
  • Service temperature (in °C): 16

Information about the producer

  • Viticulture: Conventional
  • Size (in ha): 7
  • Volume: 22000 bottles
  • Intensity : Classic
  • Dominant aroma : Black fruit
  • Tasting occasion : Gastronomic 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.

    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.
    *The above information describes the wine and is not vintage specific.

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Further information

Rating
91/100Wine Advocate (Parker/Martin)
92/100Wine Spectator
17/20Jancis Robinson
18/20RVF
92(+?)/100Vinous Antonio Galloni
91/100J.-M. Quarin
  • Service temperature16°
  • Peak Drink ideally by 2025

Tasting notes - Extract
"After revealing some amber at the edge as well as copious aromas of fruitcake, crushed rocks, incense, and a weedy character, the 1990 Ausone offers up sweet, jammy fruit notes as well as a firm finish with the tell-tale crushed rock minerality that this estate often achieves." R. Parker (06/2009)