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Château Ausone St. Emilion 2003

$1,399.00
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$959.88

SKU 07891

750ml

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The grapes are hand-harvested with great emphasis on careful sorting on the vines. The bunches are brought to the cellar in small crates that prevent any damaging of the fruit. The vinification is carried out in temperature-controlled oak vats. The vatting period is 4 to 5 weeks depending on the vintage. The malo-lactic fermentation is done in new oak barrels. The wine is then aged for 20 months in Ausone's limestone rock caves.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Emilion
Brand Château Ausone
  • ws96

Wine SpectatorLoads of blackberry, plum and strawberry. Intense fruit. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and layers of everything. Wonderful balance and refinement. Closed up already. Very serious wine. Best after 2012.

James Suckling, March 31, 2006
  • wa100

Wine AdvocateTasted 11 Times After Bottling With Ratings In The Low To Mid-90's The finest Ausone of the seventies, and along with Lafite-Rothschild of Pauillac, one of the two outstandingly great wines of this vintage, the 1976 Ausone is indeed a profound wine. Surprisingly dark colored for the vintage, with a voluptuous, intense, complex bouquet of minerals, licorice, truffles, and ripe, spicy blackcurrant fruit, this full-bodied, powerful, large-scaled Ausone has remarkable size given the vintage. Amazingly, it is a bigger wine than more recent Ausone such as the 1978, 1979, 1985, and 1986. It is a winemaking triumph for this difficult vintage. Anticipated maturity: now-2010.

Robert Parker, April 2006