1996 Ausone Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
  • IWC 93
  • WA 92
  • NM 92
  • WS 90

Reg: $1,395.00

$1,175.00

This product is
out of stock

Reg: $1,395.00

$1,175.00

This product is
out of stock

Contact us Wine consultation

IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 1999
...Exotic aromas of black cherry cassis minerals smoke clove and mint. Thick with extract but with Ausone classic restrained sweetness and mineral backbone. Sound acidity gives the flavors superb clarity and grip...
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2016
Tasted on three occasions within a two-month period, the 1996 Ausone is an impressive wine, but one that I feel does not reach the heights that Alain Vauthier and latterly his daughter Pauline have reached more recently... Tasted on three occasions within a two-month period, the 1996 Ausone is an impressive wine, but one that I feel does not reach the heights that Alain Vauthier and latterly his daughter Pauline have reached more recently. Deep and more youthful in color than previous bottles, it delivered a minty, floral, almost Margaux-like bouquet whose intensity has remained undimmed in all the years I have been tasting it. The palate is medium-bodied with a heady attack on the entry, a little warmth here that slightly smudged the delineation, Merlot in the driving seat for the first half and the Cabernet Franc component imparting blueberry and cassis notes on the finish. There is something a little showy about this Ausone -- certainly a very fine Saint Emilion and very respectable considering that this was not a propitious Right Bank vintage. Then again, in retrospect one can view it as a stepping stone to the successes of the 21st century. Tasted February 2015. - Neal Martin
NM 92
Vinous, March 2018
The 1996 Ausone is a vintage that I have tasted on four or five occasions. This was similar to previous examples with a very floral and outgoing bouquet, those wilted violet petals infusing the boysenberry and blueberry... The 1996 Ausone is a vintage that I have tasted on four or five occasions. This was similar to previous examples with a very floral and outgoing bouquet, those wilted violet petals infusing the boysenberry and blueberry fruit, quite glossy in style, one of the most modern of that decade. It certainly has more intensity than earlier vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet and ripe tannin, impressive acidity and weight although it does not revel in the complexity of other vintages, perhaps because the growing season did not favour the Right Bank. There is a touch of headiness on the finish that is a little otiose but otherwise this is a thoroughly enjoyable Ausone. Tasted at the Ausone vertical in London.
WS 90
Wine Spectator, January 1999
Impressive dark color with blackberry and dark-chocolate aromas. Medium- to full-bodied with firm yet silky tannins and a chocolate toasted-oak aftertaste. Another ace from Ausone...
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 1996