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Château Ausone St. Emilion 1998
Category: Red Wine
Varietal:Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Region: France » Bordeaux » St. Emilion
Producer: Château Ausone



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Château Ausone

The grapes are hand-harvested with great emphasis on careful sorting on the vines. The bunches are brought to the cellar in small crates that prevent any damaging of the fruit. The vinification is carried out in temperature-controlled oak vats. The vatting period is 4 to 5 weeks depending on the vintage. The malo-lactic fermentation is done in new oak barrels. The wine is then aged for 20 months in Ausone's limestone rock caves.

Wine Spectator

Dark ruby color. Aromas of lavender, violet, mint and crushed berries. Full-bodied, with polished, chewy tannins and lots of mint, blackberry and wet earth flavors. Goes on and on. Tight and powerful. Needs a long time to open still.¿'88/'98 Bordeaux retrospective (2008). Best after 2012.

Score: 94. —James Suckling, 2009.

Wine Advocate

A dense opaque purple color offers up restrained, but pure aromas of liquid minerals, blackberries, black raspberries, and flowers. Medium to full-bodied, with high tannin but a long, super-pure, symmetrical mouth-feel, this dazzling, extremely complex Ausone requires 6-10 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2050.

Score: 94. —Robert Parker, April 2001.

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