Red

1979 Château Ausone

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 15

  • tinybubbles Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 21, 2019 - Balanced but somewhat subdued. Dark fruit beginning to dry, some tannins remain on the finish, and notable dark soil tones. Moderate length and intensity finish. Good on balance, but overall restrained.

  • wineappreciation wrote: 94 points

    April 21, 2018 - Sous bois, truffle, molded blackberry, cigar box; molded fruit becoming more dominant on nose as time progresses; a little thin but still with considerable depth and presence; poised, balanced, structured, long, lingering, engaging, defined; only a faint outline of fruit remaining, but with a purity and nobility of character; though fading, it is still strangely enticing; a beautiful decrepitude; lovely

  • Mathijs81 Likes this wine: 90 points

    October 28, 2017 - Yes .... I have to admit .... I do have a weak spot for elder Bordeaux vintages - I simply can't help it.
    As my direct circle of wine friends don't really follow my passion, I often have these bottles to myself.
    This not being an exception, I decided to uncork it this evening ... an evening as good as any other.

    The label shows the bottle was well travelled, as it shows a 1979 time label for US import ( California ).
    Somehow it travelled back overseas at some stage, finding its way into a Belgian cellar ... waiting there.

    As to preparation, not much really ... couple of hours bottle up for the sediment and then struggling with cork.

    The colour is very light, I can see through my glass, quite a lot of bricking but still very clear ( not cloudy ).
    My first sniff in both bottle and glass got me worried, a somewhat funky odour of rotten leaves and wet forest floor.
    However, this quickly blew off, giving me more dried fruits, forest floor, tobacco and did I spot a hint of mint (?).

    In mouth, also initially disappointment ... shallow and light. Again, improved much with time and kept during evening.
    It gave me a more balanced acidic taste, also quite candy-like influences, but still showing how tired the wine is.

    The finish was an anti-climax ... very short and disappointing, perhaps some hints of red candy and dried red fruits.

    Still ... its always pleasant to taste a bottle of wine older than the date on my passport.

    My advice, this is only going downhill every day ... so, if you have them cellared, I would suggest to drink up.
    As to rating ... always difficult for these elder wines .... but for good sake or order, I'll give it an 90/100.

    Mathijs

  • tinybubbles Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 4, 2017 - Dominated by appealing and varied soil tones. Ample but rounded dark fruit with woodsmoke highlights. Quite nice, but mellow at this point. 92-93

  • rossi.wine wrote: 93 points

    May 22, 2017 - Tasted next to 1983 Latour. Quite evolved in terms of colour. On the nose lots of tobacco, herbs (notes of lovage), earth, undergrowth, spices. Some dried fruit notes, too. On the palate quite mineral and bright, smooth with very good length. Held up very well on day 2, but the acidity was sticking out a little. A wonderful birthday-bottle and a real treat! 92-94

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  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2019, Issue #79, Château Ausone The Most Magical Terroir in St. Émilion, 1/1/2019

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  • By Neal Martin
    Long and Winding Road: Ausone 1912–1999 (Mar 2018), 3/18/2018 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2006, Issue #3, The 1979 Vintage in Bordeaux: Not Consistently Excellent, But Some Truly Fine Wines

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1979
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Ausone
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Libournais
  • Appellation St. Émilion Grand Cru

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  • In Cellars 104 (75%)
  • Consumed 35 (25%)

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