1999 Château Ausone St. Émilion Grand Cru Wine Tasting Note

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This is a gem. The essence of rocks and stones is all over the nose and palate which is accompanied by layers of ripe plums, cherries, licorice, earth and flowers. On the palate, the wine shines with its length, purity and elegant hedonism. The wine of the vintage. This is probably the best-priced example of Ausone that is showing well in the market today.

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Crushed rocks, flowers, dark red fruits, blue fruit and even juicy black fruits are out in full force. Intensely concentrated, powerful, yet refined and elegant, the finish really sticks with you. Another 5-10 years will add even more to the wine. The bottle was doubled 3 hours before serving.

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When first offered, this vintage of Chateau Ausone was a bargain at not much over $100. Those days are gone. At prices that make Lafite Rothschild look like a bargain, it's always a treat to taste Ausone. Broken stone, licorice, flowers, boysenberry, smoke, coffee and spice open the aromatics. Tannic, intense, pure, concentrated and mouth filling, the wine coats your tongue with pleasure ending with layers of fresh, ripe, pure, juicy plums and stone. Still young, give it another decade before the fireworks explode. Having tasted this several times over the years, this is the best showing yet for the 1999 Ausone.

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Minerality, smoke, blackberry, herbs, forrest scents and stone make up the complex perfume that is found with ample coaxing. Full bodied and filled with soft, ripe, dark fruit, this wine will drink younger than most Vauthier era Ausone wines.

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It's a study in texture, concentration and minerality. Still young, this stellar wine offers a unique profile for St. Emilion. From a cool year, this wine is a major accomplishment. Liqueur of black fruit and plums pour over your mouth and linger. Still young, assuming you can use the words value and Ausone together in the same sentence, this is the wine to buy if you want to drink it young.

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When to Drink Chateau Ausone, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Ausone is much better with at least 15 - 20 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 4 hours, or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Ausone offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 20-50 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Ausone with Wine, Food and Pairing Tips

Chateau Ausone is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Ausone is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Ausone is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

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