Red

1959 Château Ausone

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 14

  • fclarity wrote: 94 points

    January 2, 2016 - Tasted blind, this wine had a deep red center with tan rims. The medium+ intensity nose displayed cherries, cassis, honey, with a touch Provencal herbs.

    In the mouth, this wine went through a number of phases. It was medium bodied with a nice rounded mouth feel. While the rounded tannin was noteworthy, I felt the wine was unlikely to improve. As the fruit fades with time, it will further reveal the firm, slightly austere structure.

    Drink up

  • Burgundy Al wrote: 92 points

    October 23, 2014 - Birthday Dinner with Good Wine (NEXT Restaurant - Chicago IL): Very charming with good combination of mature black fruit, some liqueur notes, reduced shiitake mushroom, and brown spice. Good nuance and layers of flavors. Better than the 1962 Ausone served alongside.

  • cooberp Likes this wine: 96 points

    April 21, 2014 - Lightning in a bottle. A nose so intense it almost made me flinch before leaning back over to dive into its complexity. Its core is very ripe baked plum, but just like the great Cheval Blancs I've had it intermittently showed a redder-fruited side. Immediately after opening it complemented the primary notes with Northern Rhone-like notes of bacon and paprika; as the night went on it turned to espresso and Mississippi mud pie--not the familiar coffee and chocolate flavors that come from high-char oak, but something deeper with more personality. The leather and brown sugar notes in the background were consistent throughout. In the mouth it began very lightweight for its concentration, which had us commenting on its impressive restraint and finesse. It wasn't quite making it to the back palate, though it lingered on the front and middle of the tongue for longer than any wine I can remember. With the help of some air and food, however, its texture became a new focal point, with a tannic experience I'd never had before: it was so grippy it felt like it refused to let go of the sides of the mouth, but without any hint of what is normally the accompanying drying sensation. By this point it offered a completely seamless journey from attack to finish and aftertaste. This has structure to spare, with invigorating acid alongside the remarkable tannin--I can't imagine it will get better, but I also can't see it getting worse for years to come. I couldn't keep the cork out of my nose on the way home. It only takes one wine like this to remind me why I picked up this obsessive and expensive hobby.

  • Pknut wrote:

    December 7, 2012 - Terrific wine. I swirled and kept smelling the glass for twenty minutes before I even tasted. Intriguing nose, I'll call it "fire-y" even though, of course, this wine was never actually on fire. I read tasting notes, primarily of Sicilian wines, that describe lava, and while I have never tasted actual lava (I did smell it, in Hawaii, after the volcanic eruptions in 1990), this '59 Ausone had a nose as close to lava as I can imagine. Old books, cedar and spice as well. Palate was complex, tertiary of course, with light iodine notes, still very much alive and giving. Long, long finish. Just a terrific drinking experience.

    Zachys auction at Restaurant Daniel, NYC.

  • Burgundy Al wrote: 92 points

    October 20, 2012 - 50th Birthday Celebration Dinner with Wine (Chez Schmidt - Chicago IL): Lots of mushroom and tobacco to start, then more of the same on palate along with some black fruit. Good length and persistence. Better than another bottle from the same source we had this summer.

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  • By John Gilman
    Mar/Apr 2017, Issue #68, The Beautifully Ripe 1959 Bordeaux Vintage

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1959
  • 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 21 (47%)
  • Consumed 24 (53%)

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