2018 Château Ausone Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France

The wine is rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, yet it is not heavy. There is a lot of tannins, but the tannins are ripe. The wine offers powerful aromatics, filled with ripe black, blue and dark red fruits, accompanied by licorice, floral and crushed rock scents.


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The style of wine at Chateau Ausone is unlike most other wines. Minerality, from the massive limestone deposits in the soil, is what most tasters notice. The fruit retains a beautiful purity. Planted with Cabernet-Franc, the majority, and Merlot, the Ausone vines are 50 years old on average, reaching in places more than a century of existence. The 2018 Ausone is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot. 


Chateau Ausone is one of the few famed Bordeaux estates that has remained a family vineyard. In fact, only 3 different families have owned the vineyard since it was originally created. This is quite a feat when considering the number of musical chairs taking place with all the buying and selling of Bordeaux chateaux.

In order, the 3 family owners of Ausone are; the Lescours family from the 13th to the 16th centuries. This was followed by Jacques de Lescure and his heirs in the 17th century. At the close of the 17th century, The Chatonnet-Cantenat family along with the Dubois-Challon-Vauthier family took over.

Alain Vauthier who manages Chateau Ausone with his daughter Pauline Vauthier today is a direct descendant of the 17th-century owners.


Grape(s) Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Farming Sustainable