2002 AUSONE / 奧松 (PRE-ORDER)

Something about Chateau Ausone

Chateau Ausone is named after Decimus Magnus Ausonius, professor and political adviser to the Roman Empire who was born in Bordeaux in 309. The origin of this association is still uncertain. From the 1970s, a prolonged conflict between co-owners Dubois-Chalon and Vauthier families prevented the running of Ausone. But in the late 1990s, the property came fully to Alain Vauthier, who now runs the chateau with the help of his daughter Pauline and consultant Michel Rolland. Designated as Premier Grand Cru Classé A in 1959, Ausone in an absolutely unique terroir.

Color

Red

Region

France

Sub-Region

Saint Emilion

Vintage

2002

Size Price/BTL Total Price Availability
12x75cl $4,768.00 HKD $57,216.00 HKD 1 Marketplace

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FROM THE
EXPERTS

In many respects, the 2002 may be even more impressive than the 2003. A far more challenging vintage to get everything right, and especially in St.-Emilion, where many disappointments have been produced, this is one of the wines of the vintage and (along with Pavie) among the finest wines from the Right Bank. It possesses a deep purple color as well as a gorgeous nose of creme de cassis, blackberries, wet stones, and wonderfully perfumed floral notes. When the wine hits the palate, it exhibits impressive purity, medium to full body, a multi-layered texture, and extraordinary precision and intensity with a finish just short of 50 seconds. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2035.

Tasted blind at Farr's 2002 Bordeaux tasting. This is a beautiful wine. A bouquet surfeit with joie-de-vivre and élan, ripe black cherries, cassis and a touch of damson, but underneath all that precocious fruit is a real, tangible sense of minerality. The palate is silky smooth on the entry with vestiges of creamy oak still to be resolved, wonderful persistency on the licentious finish. Gorgeous! Tasted October 2009.

Dark layered crimson. Graphite and minerally nose that seemed almost Rhône-like. Very dry finish. Still youthful with quite sweet fruit. After 24 hours the nose was not that fresh but there was certainly substance there. This was the most 'modern' of this range. Slightly drying on the end. It seemed worthy only of 17 on the second night. Drink 2014 - 2030.