2000 Chateau Ausone 6.0 L

Year: 2000
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 97
Wine Advocate: 98+
Vinous Media: 97+
Wine Enthusiast: 98--Jeff Leve: 100
Red Wine
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"This is like a perfectly cut piece of silk fabric. Every angle is just right, every texture great. Fabulous aromas of tobacco, mineral and cool berry fruit. Full-bodied, with loads of silky tannins and a length that goes on and on. Very racy. Very sexy. Best wine I have ever had from this estate. Best after 2010. –JS" (WS)

"Two bottles were badly corked, which is certainly a scary situation for a wine where only 1,000 or so cases were produced. However, a third bottle was magical and just short of perfection. Its saturated purple color was followed by a surprisingly more evolved and open wine than I had written in my tasting note in 2003, where I predicted maturity between 2020 and 2075. This wine displays wonderful, sweet tannin and a big, sweet kiss of truffle, crushed rock, blueberry, blackberry, and licorice. Extremely rich, full-bodied, with astonishing power, precision, and delicacy, this is a sumptuous wine that should age well for 50-60 years, but in the case of the one bottle out of three that was not corked, it seemed far more evolved and forward than I suggested in my write-up in 2003." (WA)

"Bright ruby-red. Profound nose melds raspberry, black cherry, mocha and minerals. Wonderfully silky and spherical, with monumental solidity and yet incredible inner-mouth perfume. This builds and builds toward the back, finishing with big but suave tannins and extraordinary minerally length. One of the two or three greatest wines I tasted on my spring trip to the Bordeaux region." (VM)

"Forget all those garage wines, forget the upstarts of Saint-Emilion. When you want real class, you have to turn to Ausone. What a wine - magnificently dense and opaque, hugely rich and sensual. Yet it doesn't seem in the least decadent - for deep inside the wine is a huge backbone of ripe tannins. Keep for at least 10 years" (WE)

"Off the charts in every sense of the word. Decanted 4-5 hours before serving helped open the mineral, floral, dark red fruit, smoke and earthy nose. But the palate was where the real action took place. Thick, dense and incredibly concentrated, yet light on its feet, due to its natural freshness. The purity of fruit was right there, as was the 60 second finish. Still young, 6 hours of air might have been a slightly better choice. Else, give it at least 5-10 years before popping a cork. 100 points - Tasted Sep 10, 2016" (JL)