2001 Château Ausone St. Émilion Grand Cru Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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2001 Château Ausone  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 97

The display of minerality notes, with all its crushed rock, salt, and oceanic nuances is all over the place here. Still young, but slowly coming into its own, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated and fresh, with notes of flowers, cherries, leaf, and a myriad of dark red berries come through on the nose. The palate is rich, focused, complex and energetic with great tension, and did I mention the pallet of crushed rocks and limestone that come along all that fruit. As a guess, another 5 years will add more delicacy and comeplxity bringing this to right place for consumption. 97 Points

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OK, this is still primary, but its impossible not to be seduced by the melted rocks, pure black cherries, licorice and earthy perfume. The wine is intense, concentrated, fresh and pure. The tannins are ripe and silky, ending with a finish that goes on and on and continues from there. OK, you are at least a decade from maturity. But I can safely say, this is going to be stunning when it enters into the mature stage of life. 98 Points

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The level of truffle, crushed stone, floral, boysenberry, gunpowder, smoke and fennel is close to being off the charts. Thick, rich, intense and concentrated with sweet, ripe fruit and lush tannins that are perfected by a finish that continues to linger, this is a stunning St. Emilion and the of wine of the vintage. 98 Points

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OMFG! Those 4 letters should say it all. This magic Bordeaux elixir is a mind blowing tasting experience! The perfume might get you started with its blend of deep, dark, fruits, minerals and spices, but the endless waves of perfectly ripe fruit, power, glycerin, elegance and balance that lasts close to :90 are going to keep you interested in the wine. Still young, no make that still very young, this is an amazing tasting experience that is a reference point wine. 01 Ausone truly expresses an amazing purity of fruit that is seldom found in any wine. 98 Points

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Inky black with shiny deep purple accents. The aromatics come out to play with coaxing. Flowers, black and blue fruits, spices and minerals already show themselves. On the palate, your mouth and senses are treated to a focused display few wines show. The riveting palate presence, with layer after layer of some of the sexiest, ripest, most opulent fruit you'll ever taste is out of this world! Very tannic backbone. This will age for decades. But, there is so much fresh, perfectly ripe fruit, it's already easy to discern how good this is, and even better, how amazing it's going to be! 97 Points

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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 and Food Pairings

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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