2010 Ausone Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • WE 99
  • ST 98
  • WA 98
  • JS 98
  • WS 97
  • NM 97

Reviews for 2010 Ausone Bordeaux Blend

WE 99
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, May 2013
A big, bold wine with unbelievable power and concentration. Low yields and a dominance of Cabernet Franc have produced an immensely concentrated wine. Still very young, this magnificent wine holds the promise of great aging.
ST 98
Stephen Tanzer - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2013
98+ Deep, saturated ruby-red. Musky aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, coffee, violet, Christmas spices, minerals and exotic oak, complicated by graphite minerality. Boasts uncanny intensity, calcaire energy and... 98+ Deep, saturated ruby-red. Musky aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, coffee, violet, Christmas spices, minerals and exotic oak, complicated by graphite minerality. Boasts uncanny intensity, calcaire energy and power on the palate, but there's also a deeply creamy texture brought by this superripe vintage. Boasts extraordinary inner-mouth aromatic character and finishes with great tannic spine. The building, endless finish boasts great clarity and perfume. A transcendent Ausone in its combination of power and elegance. This stunning wine will be improving in bottle long after I've expired.
WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2013
98+ The 2010 Ausone struck me as another brilliant, potentially perfect wine, which should come as no shock to people who have been following Vauthier’s work over the last decade or more. Backward and intense, this wine... 98+ The 2010 Ausone struck me as another brilliant, potentially perfect wine, which should come as no shock to people who have been following Vauthier’s work over the last decade or more. Backward and intense, this wine offers up notes of crushed chalk/rock mineralilty interwoven with blueberry, black raspberry and cassis as well as some graphite and vanillin. It is incredibly rich but at the same time precise, fresh and vivacious. This is a super wine, but it will require enormous patience from its potential suitors. Forget it for a decade and drink it over the following 50+ years. - Robert Parker
JS 98
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, November 2013
The nose is so deep and almost endless with dried strawberries, blueberries, and incense. Citrus too. Some prunes. Full body, with chewy yet polished tannin quality and tension. Beautiful focus and balance with a richness... The nose is so deep and almost endless with dried strawberries, blueberries, and incense. Citrus too. Some prunes. Full body, with chewy yet polished tannin quality and tension. Beautiful focus and balance with a richness and delicacy at the same time. Something almost Burgundian. It's the purity of fruit. 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot. Try in 2020.
WS 97
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2011
(WS94-97 points) Very sappy and intense, offering racy red licorice, red currant and violet notes, with nice taut acidity and a long, minerally finish. Combines power and austerity, with excellent drive. For those who... (WS94-97 points) Very sappy and intense, offering racy red licorice, red currant and violet notes, with nice taut acidity and a long, minerally finish. Combines power and austerity, with excellent drive. For those who like backbone in their wines. Score range: 94-97 –JM
NM 97
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2014
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Ausone 2010 has an intoxicating bouquet with outstanding definition and precision, a light marine influence of seaweed and brine that becomes more accentuated with... Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Ausone 2010 has an intoxicating bouquet with outstanding definition and precision, a light marine influence of seaweed and brine that becomes more accentuated with time. The palate is very precise with fine tannins, quite sharp dark blackberry and wild strawberry fruit, a dash of white pepper sprinkled over the back palate that builds to an elegant spicy finish. Not the "biggest" wine against its peers, but it oozes class. This is an intoxicating Saint Emilion from Alain Vauthier and his team.
JJB 98
Alex Lallos - JJ Buckley, April 2011
55% cabernet franc and 45% merlot. Beautifully fresh aromas of crushed violet and rose petal with mocha black currant and kirsch fill the nose. The fruit continues throughout the mid palate which is well integrated and... 55% cabernet franc and 45% merlot. Beautifully fresh aromas of crushed violet and rose petal with mocha black currant and kirsch fill the nose. The fruit continues throughout the mid palate which is well integrated and offers amazing texture. Violet and rose returns on the back end leading to freshness and elegance on a mineral-driven and extremely long finish that you will not likely find anywhere else. This utterly sexy wine is definitely one of the finest in 2010! Simply stunning -this is the stuff dreams are made of!