Château Ausone St. Emilion 1990
Category: Red Wine
Varietal:Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Region: France » Bordeaux » St. Estephe
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

Chewy, monolithic wine. Aromas of dried herbs and berries. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a tar, tobacco aftertaste. Puckers your mouth with tannins. Will improve with age.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2005.

Score: 92. —James Suckling, August 31, 2000.

Wine Advocate

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. The aromatics suggest a fully mature wine, but in the mouth, the firm structure and density indicate this effort needs more time. This wine gives off mixed signals, and I suspect it will last much longer than it appears, but only time will tell. There is a lot to like here, but the 1990 is not one of the most profound Ausones, such as those made since 1998. Owners should try a bottle and make up their own minds, but I think it has another 10- to 15-year window of maximum pleasure.

Score: 91. —Robert Parker, June 2009.

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