Château Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé A 1978 - Lot of 3 Bottles
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Château Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé A 1978

  • Black fruit
  • Gastronomic wine
  • Icon wine
  • Color:Red
  • 13% 
  • 2.25L
  • Intensity
  • Classic

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. More info

  • Quantity: 3 Bottles
  • Level: 1 high-shoulder, 2 top-shoulder
  • Label: 3 slightly marked label
  • Country/Region: Bordeaux
  • Appellation/Wine: Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
  • Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé A
  • Producer/Owner: Alain et Catherine Vauthier
  • More information....

Château Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé A serve at a temperature of 16°C. It will pair perfectly with the following dishes: Carré d agneau aux herbes, Côte de boeuf aux ceps, Civet de marcassin.

Peak: To drink

  • Vintage score: 16/20
  • What the experts say...

    Encore remarquablement jeune et peu évolué, le très classique 1978 arbore toujours une robe rubis foncé et déploie des senteurs de fruits mûrs, de minéral et de chêne épicé. Moyennement corsé, avec d'abondants tannins et une finale persistante, il demeure austère et de développe à pas lents. (...) Source: Robert Parker (3/91)

    Lot presentation
    Château Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé A

    Cuvée presentation

    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.

    Information about domain 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: 3 Bottles
    • Level: 1 high-shoulder, 2 top-shoulder
    • Label: 3 slightly marked label
    • Origin: Private individual
    • Type of cellar: Classic underground cellar
    • Recoverable VAT: No
    • Original Wooden Case: No
    • French customs seal: no
    • Alcohol percentage: 13 %
    • Country/Region: Bordeaux
    • Appellation/Wine: Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
    • Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé A
    • Producer/Owner: Alain et Catherine Vauthier
    • Vintage: 1978
    • Color: Red
    • Peak: To drink
    • Service temperature: 16°
    • Viticulture: Conventional 
    • Size (in ha): 7
    • Volume: 22000 bottles
    • Intensity: Classic
    • Dominant aroma: Black fruit
    • Tasting occasion: Gastronomic wine
    • Grape variety: 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet franc

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    Château Ausone 1er Grand Cru Classé A 1978

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