Red

1982 Château Ausone

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru

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  • Jeff Leve wrote: 91 points

    December 16, 2017 - Fully mature, and on the lean, firm, bright side, you find wet earth, smoke, tobacco, flowers and cherries on the nose. The perfume is more interesting than the medium bodied, firm, palate. The red fruit is firm and there is a distinct, green edge in the finish. There is a lot to like here, but not a lot to love.

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6 Comments

  • JonnyG commented:

    12/16/17, 8:28 AM - Much appreciated, albeit a bit painful to read for someone who's long this wine. Any chance this has something going on like some of the '96's (Latour, e.g.) such that time will cure all ails, eventually...?

  • Jeff Leve commented:

    12/16/17, 8:33 AM - It could be personal taste as well. If you are a big fan of the leaner, classic, less ripe style of older Bordeaux, you might like it more than I did. But in case you're not, I feel your pain, I have a few bottles remaining. For me, the wines made during this time period at Ausone, have not aged well. Ausone from 1998 forward, are in a different league. What have you thought of any of your 82 Ausone's so far?

  • JonnyG commented:

    12/16/17, 8:41 AM - Mine are recent acquisitions, a magnum and 6-pack. Being in SoCal myself, and long a pretty deep vertical of the producer, I'd be thrilled to lean in and help taste alongside you, the proof being in the pudding, eh?!

  • Jeff Leve commented:

    12/17/17, 8:19 AM - Happy to do it. But not many folks I know have Ausone. We'd need a few more with bottles in their cellar. I think I only have one friend with good vintages. Do you know others with the wine?

  • JonnyG commented:

    12/17/17, 8:27 AM - Not offhand but I am happy to over-contribute as a newcomer yet to prove his bona fides :)

    In addition to the '82, I can draw from 1966, 1978, 1981 (hardly a good vintage), 1988, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2009. 2000 and younger presumably would need a serious aeration to show well.

    Thanks much

  • Jeff Leve commented:

    12/17/17, 8:38 AM - I would be happy to contribute to tasting the younger vintages together. Sometime in the spring would be best, as I have far too much going on until then. But it would be a fun afternoon. We should definitely make it happen.

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