2011 Ausone Bordeaux Blend

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  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 6L
  • WE 97
  • JS 96
  • NM 95
  • WA 95
  • IWC 94

Reviews for 2011 Ausone Bordeaux Blend

WE 97
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, May 2012
A deliciously-perfumed wine with a dark and intense tannic structure. It is spiced and concentrated with a plum character and great richness on the finish.
JS 96
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 2014
This is extremely open and aromatic, with exotic fruit. Extremely wild. Full body, firm, silky tannins and a long, focused finish. This is very persistent and long. A top wine for the vintage. Muscular and toned. The old... This is extremely open and aromatic, with exotic fruit. Extremely wild. Full body, firm, silky tannins and a long, focused finish. This is very persistent and long. A top wine for the vintage. Muscular and toned. The old vines of cabernet franc make the difference here. 55% cabernet franc and 45% merlot. Try in 2019.
NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
The Grand Vin is a blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot cropped at 29hl/ha. It has a comparatively luscious bouquet for the vintage with layers of ripe dark cherry and cassis fruit on the nose that are cloaked in... The Grand Vin is a blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot cropped at 29hl/ha. It has a comparatively luscious bouquet for the vintage with layers of ripe dark cherry and cassis fruit on the nose that are cloaked in vanillary new oak. It possesses an almost Burgundy-like purity. The palate is medium-bodied with velvety tannins perfect balance and wonderful composure. The acidity is nigh on perfect the focus and delineation beguiling. There is no explosion on the finish just unbridled finesse. Outstanding. Tasted April 2012.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
Its bigger sibling, the 2011 Ausone increases the level of intensity, elegance, complexity, richness and length. Nearly a mirror image of the La Chapelle, just with more going on, the Ausone boasts a more saturated purple... Its bigger sibling, the 2011 Ausone increases the level of intensity, elegance, complexity, richness and length. Nearly a mirror image of the La Chapelle, just with more going on, the Ausone boasts a more saturated purple color, and the wine has everything in large, intense proportions. The finesse and delicacy of all its components are what make it such a remarkable wine. The quality of the tannins and purity of the fruit make this another legendary effort that should age for 30-40 years. 95+ - Robert Parker
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2012
Fully saturated purple-ruby. Intense rich aromas of cassis ripe blackberry and violet with a whiff of aromatic oak. Creamy dense and full on entry then tannic and oaky with a peppery chocolate character complementing... Fully saturated purple-ruby. Intense rich aromas of cassis ripe blackberry and violet with a whiff of aromatic oak. Creamy dense and full on entry then tannic and oaky with a peppery chocolate character complementing ripe cassis fruit. Finishes very long but with slightly tough tannins today.
JJB 96
Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, April 2012
55% cabernet franc 45% merlot. Vines are planted on 7 hectares of predominantly limestone soils with a density of 6500 vines per hectare. Always a perfectionist Alain Vauthier meticulously sorted his 2011 harvest berry by... 55% cabernet franc 45% merlot. Vines are planted on 7 hectares of predominantly limestone soils with a density of 6500 vines per hectare. Always a perfectionist Alain Vauthier meticulously sorted his 2011 harvest berry by berry in order to keep quality high. He compares the 2011 to a hypothetical blend of 2006 and 2008. Inky purple color. Pretty primary out of barrel with aromas of fresh tar ripe purple fruit violets and minerals. Extremely elegant and smooth on the palate with loads of red fruit and sweet tannins. The tannic structure is evocative of Ausone's trademark length. When combined with the fully ripe old vine cabernet franc there is fragrance and structure in spades. This is all finesse not power. Enjoy 2020-2030+.