2005 Chateau Ausone 6.0 L

Year: 2005
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 100
Wine Advocate: 100
Vinous Media: 98+
Wine Enthusiast: 97-99--Jeff Leve: 96
Red Wine
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"I love the tobacco, berry, cigar box, toasty oak, ripe fruit and fresh mushroom flavors in this full-bodied red, which has ultralayered tannins and vanilla, new oak and berry character. Powerful and superconcentrated, with great length. This is a muscular, full-throttle wine, racing very, very fast. Best after 2019. 1,330 cases made." (WS)

"The 2005 Ausone is a perfect wine of the vintage. It displays crushed rock, spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning purity and richness, and perfect harmony among all of its component parts (acidity, tannin, wood, alcohol and extract). Still youthful, but oh, so promising, this wine should be set aside for another decade and drunk over the following 50-75 years." (WA)

"Deep ruby-red. Penetrating aromas of cassis and minerals. The nose does not prepare one for this huge, improbably sweet, palate-saturating wine, whose pungent minerality and epic intensity makes it solid as a rock. The three-dimensional texture here is uncanny, and the wine's explosive finishing flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate and minerals persist for minutes. This must be one of the three or four greatest young Bordeaux I've ever tasted. The numbers here: 14.28% alcohol, 3.55 pH and an IPT between 80 and 85. This will go on for several decades, and I would not be at all surprised if it shut down in bottle for a very long time." (VM)

"97-99 Barrel sample. A superb wine that brings together all the qualities of this vintage. It has great fruit, layers of acidity, dark tannins and a velvety texture, without losing the sense of place that sets great Bordeaux apart. " (WE)

"Like Archie Bell and the Drells, this wine has started to tighten up. It was hard to get a read on the wine. Deep colors with beautiful, mineral laden perfume. But the wine was not fully open and the finish was held in reserve. With ample coaxing, I was able to catch a glimpse of the wines purity, ripeness, complexities and charm. The wine is shutting down for a long sleep. Having had this multiple times since late 05, I have no doubt this wine will be a legend on maturity." (JL)