2012 Ausone Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
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JL 97 WA 96 NM 95 VN 95 WE 95 DC 94 JR 93 JS 91
JL 97

TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2013

(95-97 points) The Merlot was harvested on October 9, 11 and 12, while the Cabernet Franc was picked October 13, 15 and 17, with yields of 32 hectoliters per hectare. The assemblage is 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot...
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2016

Tasted blind at the 2012 Southwold tasting, the 2012 Ausone took more time to settle in the glass than its peers, eventually deciding upon briary, violet and cassis scents—very floral and Margaux-like in style, not...
NM 95

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2013

(NM93-95 points) The Grand Vin is a blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot that is being raised in 85% new oak. A lot of young vines of Cabernet Franc were put into Chapelle instead of the Grand Vin this year, but the...
VN 95

Vinous, January 2016

95+ One of the wines of the vintage, the 2012 Ausone boasts gorgeous depth, aromatic intensity and overall balance. Dark red stone fruits, menthol, licorice, smoke and savory herbs flesh out as this layered, seductive...
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, May 2015

This is a magnificent wine with an opulent structure and a finely perfumed character. It is dense with the ripest black fruits cushioned by the soft texture. A serious, denser side brings out a tannic core. It’s elegant...
DC 94


Less powerful than recent vintages. Emphasis on fruit and finesse. Medium-bodied weight. Round and smooth on the palate. Very fresh. Saline note on the finish.
JR 93

Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, January 2016

(18/20) Tasted blind. Mid reddish crimson. Very driven and directed with rich dense tannins. Great density and delivery but not much fun for the moment. Thunders along. Big and bold.
JS 91

jamessuckling.com, June 2022

The bell-pepper note is quite prominent on the nose, but on the medium-bodied palate it adds freshness. Not that much structure, but some fine tannins come through at the delicate and slightly tart finish. Drink or hold...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2012
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 13.5%