Chateau Ausone 1994

Review of the Estate

Chateau Ausone is a Bordeaux wine from Saint-Émilion appellation, one of only four wines, to be ranked Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine. Chateau Ausone is located on the Right Bank of France’s Bordeaux wine region in the Gironde department, close to the town of Saint-Émilion.

Chateau Ausone also produce a second wine named Chapelle d'Ausone.

Placed on the western edge of 11th century village Saint-Émilion, with elevated vineyards facing south on steep terraces in ideal situation, Chateau Ausone takes its name from Decimius Magnus Ausonius (310–395 AD), a statesman and poet from Bordeaux who owned about 100 acres (0.40 km2) of vineyard. It is believed by some that Chateau Ausone is on the foundations of his villa.

The modern estate can be dated to the 18th century, when it was owned by Jean Cantenat. Later, under the ownership of the Lafargue family,Chateau Ausone was inherited by Edouard Dubois who steered the chateau through the difficulties of the late 19th century, and in 1916 added the adjacent Chateau Belair to their estate. The chateaux were run separately, although both age their wine in the Ausone cellars, caves in the limestone cliffs beneath the town of Saint-Émilion. After Dubois died in 1921, his widow Heylette Dubois-Challon and Dubois' children of a previous marriage who married into the Vauthier family took control over Chateau Ausone.

Despite being one of the great names of Bordeaux, Chateau Ausone fell into decline until Pascal Delbeck was appointed winemaker in 1976.

For several years Chateau Ausone was jointly owned by the Dubois-Challon and Vauthier families. Alain Vauthier became managing director of Chateau Ausone, while Heylette Dubois-Challon won the right to live on the chateau until her death in 2003.

Michel Rolland was appointed consultant oenologist in 1995.

 

Vineyard

Surface area: 17.3 acres

Grape Varieties: 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Franc 

Average age of vines: 50 - 55 years

Density of plantation: 6,000 - 7,8000 vines per hectare

Average yields: 35 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 1,800 per year

Plateau of maturity: 5 - 100 years 

 

 

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Robert Parker Ausone 1994 Review

Score: 86 Points

Medium deep ruby-colored, with a noticeably vanillin, stony minerality, this austere, medium-bodied wine possesses more ripeness and depth of fruit than the 1993, but it still comes across as undersized and unimpressive. Give it 5-7 years to see if there is any substance behind the abrasive tannin. *** I was more impressed with the 1994 Ausone last year. Less exciting this year, it reveals a medium ruby color, a mineral-dominated, spicy, redcurrant-scented nose, light tannin, good rather than impressive depth, and a tight, nicely-structured, spicy finish. Of course, Ausone never fully reveals itself until it is 15-25 years old, so perhaps there is more here than meets the palate. It will need at least 5 years of cellaring and should keep for 2 decades. All of the wines in this segment were tasted between March 19 and March 28 in Bordeaux. Most of the important wines from both the 1994 and 1995 vintages were tasted three separate times during my ten-day stay in Bordeaux.

Score: 86

 

Chateau Ausone 1994 Recent Price History

Prices below are sourced from wine-searcher.com

WineVintageJuly 2008 
Value Per Case
July 2013 
Value Per Case
Value Increase Percentage 
Increase
Ausone 1994 £1,932 £3,204 £1,272 65.84%

Chateau Ausone Wine List

Ausone 1990 N/A Ausone 1992
Ausone 1993 Ausone 1994 Ausone 1995
Ausone 1996 Ausone 1997 Ausone 1998
Ausone 1999 Ausone 2000 Ausone 2001
Ausone 2002 Ausone 2003 Ausone 2004
Ausone 2005 Ausone 2006 Ausone 2007
Ausone 2008 Ausone 2009 Ausone 2010
Ausone 2011    

 

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