The Right Bank Grand Cru Premier Classe A - Château Ausone!
One of just four estates granted the Premier Grand Cru Classe (A) title in the 1955 Classification, Ausone is one of the greatest producers from the St. Emilion region along with Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Pavie, and Chateau Angelus.
Château Ausone – Bordeaux Grandeur
“If the earth doesn't move when you drink this, you're probably not doing it right.”
Located in the distinguished Saint-Émilion appellation on the right bank of the Dordogne River in Bordeaux, Château Ausone thrives, renowned for crafting some of the finest wines not only in Saint-Émilion but across the broader Bordeaux region. With a history dating back to the Roman era, this illustrious estate has earned its place among the most prestigious and sought-after wineries in the world.
Château Ausone's story begins over two millennia ago when the Romans recognized the region's viticultural potential. The estate's name pays homage to Ausonius, born in 310, a Roman poet and vineyard owner who extolled the virtues of the local terroir. Ausonius was not only a literary luminary but also an advocate for Bordeaux and its wines. The connection between Ausone and the estate is deeply rooted, with archaeological evidence supporting the belief that the estate stands on the grounds of Ausonius's illustrious Lucaniacum, which is todays Saint-Émilion.
Over the centuries, the estate changed hands numerous times, each proprietor contributing to its legacy. In the 18th century, the property fell under the ownership of the Chatonnet family, and later, the Vauthier family, who continues to oversee its destiny with unwavering dedication.
For over three centuries, the Vauthier family has safeguarded Château Ausone, with Alain and his daughter Pauline, the eleventh generation, now at the helm. The vineyard, with vines ranging from 50 years to over a century old, is a testament to the family's dedication. The delicate dance with nature involves not only the vine but the entire ecosystem, with hedges, fruit trees, and aromatic plants coexisting in harmony.
One of Château Ausone's key strengths lies in its exceptional terroir. The vineyards, spanning a mere 7 hectares, are situated on the steep slopes of Saint-Émilion, where limestone and clay soils impart a distinctive character to the grapes. The elevation and south-facing aspect of the vineyards contribute to optimal sun exposure, allowing the grapes to ripen fully, while the cool nights help preserve acidity, resulting in wines of incredible balance. The rocky plateau and clay-limestone hillsides offer a harmonious environment for the vines, resulting in the finesse of the fruit, even in the face of occasional climatic challenges.
Château Ausone's winemaking philosophy revolves around minimal intervention and a deep respect for the land. The estate is known for its meticulous vineyard management, hand-harvesting, and a rigorous selection process to ensure only the finest grapes make it into the final blend. Traditional winemaking techniques, such as small-batch fermentation and aging in new French oak barrels, are employed to craft wines that reflect the essence of the terroir.