2008 Ausone Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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DC 98 JD 98 JL 98 WA 98 WE 97 JS 96 NM 95 WS 94 VN 93
DC 98

Decanter, January 2018

Okay, I am closing my eyes, I am feeling the wonderful lift and floating fruit effect, and I have to say this is a lovely Ausone. It performs some kind of vertical levitation trick, with a kick of salinity that comes from...
JD 98

jebdunnuck.com, February 2019

Ruby/violet-colored, with a deep, intense nose of ripe fruits, underbrush, flowers, tapenade, and white truffles, the 2008 Château Ausone hits the palate with a deep, concentrated, yet reserved, incredibly elegant style...
JL 98

TheWineCellarInsider.com, July 2010

2008 Ausone smells like you just stepped into a rock quarry that is in full production. This intense sensation of minerality is enhanced with scents of fresh, ripe, blackberry, coffee, oak, spice and violets. Full bodied...
WA 98

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011

Possibly the “wine of the vintage,” the 2008 boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as a glorious perfume of spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, camphor, truffles and crushed rocks. With great fruit on the...
WE 97

Wine Enthusiast, April 2011

Wonderfully perfumed wine that exudes class. It has weight and extraction, its tannins lending themselves to the ripe texture. The wine is concentrated, dense in texture and for aging. ROGER VOSS
JS 96

jamessuckling.com, December 2010

This wine has a superb finish with loads of raspberry and cherry with super fine tannins. It is really silky textured. It’s full and balanced long finish. Fresh, very clean and precise. Leave it for six to seven years...
NM 95

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, January 2011

Tasted at the chateau with Alain Vauthier, the Ausone ’08 is more taciturn on the nose compared to recent vintages and demands coaxing from the glass. Pure blackberry and cassis, a hint of mint, very restrained but...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, April 2011

This makes you sit up and pay attention, with a stunning array of loam, Turkish coffee, roasted cedar and licorice root flavors coursing along the bottom half, while sleek plum, blackberry and anise notes drive over the...
VN 93

Vinous, January 2023

The 2008 Ausone has a dark hue with just slight aging on the rim. It has an introspective nose: black fruit, melted tar, cracked black pepper and a background of dried blood/meaty scents. The palate is medium-bodied with...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2008
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

The 2008 Ausone Bordeaux Blend from Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, is a distinguished red wine produced by Ausone. With an alcohol content of 13.5% and sealed with a cork, this wine has garnered exceptional reviews from various professional wine critics.

James Suckling awarded this wine a score of 96, highlighting its "superb finish with loads of raspberry and cherry with super fine tannins." He described it as "full and balanced with a long finish," noting its "silky texture" and advising to leave it for six to seven years for optimal enjoyment. According to Suckling, it is "fabulous for the vintage" (jamessuckling.com, 12/20/2010).

Neal Martin, both for his Wine Journal and later for Vinous, provided high praise, giving scores of 95 and 93, respectively. Martin's earlier review emphasized the "pure blackberry and cassis, a hint of mint, very restrained but beautifully focused" aroma, and "cashmere tannins" with "perfect acidity and brilliant focus." He described it as a "restrained, elegant Ausone that is beautifully crafted" (Neal Martin's Wine Journal, 1/1/2011). His later review noted the wine's "introspective nose" and medium-bodied palate with "firm tannins," suggesting it is slightly austere compared to other vintages (Vinous, 1/26/2023).

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate lauded the 2008 Ausone as "possibly the 'wine of the vintage'" with a score of 98. The review praised its "inky/blue/purple color," "glorious perfume of spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry liqueur," and "skyscraper-like finish," recommending cellaring for 5-8 years and potential enjoyment over the next 40-50 years (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 5/2/2011).

Wine Enthusiast's Roger Voss described it as a "wonderfully perfumed wine that exudes class," scoring it 97 and noting its "weight and extraction" with "concentrated, dense texture" suitable for aging (Wine Enthusiast, 4/1/2011).

Wine Spectator's review, with a score of 94, emphasized the wine's "stunning array of loam, Turkish coffee, roasted cedar and licorice root flavors," alongside "sleek plum, blackberry and anise notes" (Wine Spectator, 4/30/2011).

Jeb Dunnuck, Decanter, and Jeff Leve each echoed similar high praises, awarding scores of 98. Dunnuck noted the wine's "deep, concentrated, yet reserved, incredibly elegant style" (jebdunnuck.com, 2/28/2019). Decanter's review highlighted its "lovely Ausone" character with "a kick of salinity" and "unquestionable purity and focus" (Decanter, 1/1/2018). Leve described it as having an "intense sensation of minerality" with a finish that "lasts close to sixty seconds" (TheWineCellarInsider.com, 7/18/2010).

Overall, the 2008 Ausone is highly regarded for its elegance, balance, and aging potential, making it a standout wine in its vintage.