Château Ausone, owned by the Vauthier family, is a seven-hectare wine estate located in Saint-Emilion in the Gironde.
Ranked at the top of the region's production, 15,000 to 18,000 bottles of Château Ausone are produced each year. It represents a powerful and very aromatic wine of Saint-Emilion.
What are the specificities of Château Ausone?
Legend has it that Château Ausone is the original Lucaniac villa dating from the 4th century belonging to the famous Roman poet Ausonius. In the lower part of the estate there are remains of a Roman villa. However, there is no way to verify if the legend is true.
Chateau Ausone is one of the few Bordeaux estates to have rarely changed hands over the years. In fact, only 3 different families have owned this Saint-Emilion estate since its creation. This is quite a feat considering the number of players involved in the buying and selling of Bordeaux châteaux. Alain Vauthier who runs Château Ausone with his daughter Pauline Vauthier are today the direct descendants of the 17th century owner.
Alain Vauthier managed to take over the estate after a long and heated legal battle with the other half of the family. Alain Vauthier already knew Ausone very well, as he had been working as a winemaker at the estate since 1976.
Without a doubt, the estate has the honor of being endowed with one of the best terroirs of Bordeaux. The terroir of steep slopes is clay and limestone which gives the wine of Chateau Ausone its intense mineral character.
The Château wine is a blend of 2 different grape varieties:
Cabernet Franc 65%
We note a slow evolution of the vineyard over the years with the planting of more Cabernet Franc and thus the reduction of Merlot. The planting of Cabernet Sauvignon is a small part of the vineyard. In fact, Cabernet Sauvignon is only included in the Second Wine.
The vines are on average 50 years old. The Château has the oldest vines in Saint-Emilion. Indeed, there are vines of more than 100 years of age. The oldest of them were planted in 1906.
The wine making is done in traditional oak vats. The wine is then aged in 100% new French oak barrels for up to 24 months.
The estate also produces a second wine "La Chapelle d'Ausone" since 1995. A blend of equal proportions of Merlot and Cabernet Franc with a small portion of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Best vintages of Château Ausone :
Château Ausone 2018
Château Ausone 2005
Château Ausone 2003
Château Ausone 2016
Château Ausone 2015
Château Ausone 2021
Château Ausone 2019
Château Ausone 2009
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