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Ausone 2008 (1.5L)
98 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: "Possibly the "wine of the vintage," the 2008 boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as a glorious perfume of spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry liqueur, camphor, truffles and crushed rocks. With great fruit on the attack and mid-palate, a medium to full-bodied, multidimensional mouthfeel and a skyscraper-like finish, this prodigious effort over-delivers, even for this phenomenal terroir. Give it 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 40-50 years." #194, 1/11.
98 Points, Neal Martin, Vinous: "The 2008 Ausone has a really showstopping bouquet, to wit, one of the most seductive you will find in 2008: pure red cherries, crushed strawberry and vanilla pod scents, later rose petal and an almost honeyed aroma. The palate is medium-bodied with sensual, ripe tannin that feel lavish, luxuriant. The richness is neatly countered by a fine seam of acidity. There are vines of orange zest and allspice towards the finish that fans out with brio and confidence. This is an Ausone determined to make an impression - and it does with some panache. Chapeau Pauline et Alain! (Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' annual 10-Year On tasting.)" 2/18.
96 Points, James Suckling: "This wine has a superb finish with loads of raspberry and cherry with super fine tannins. It is really silky textured. It's full and balanced long finish. Fresh, very clean and precise. Leave it for six to seven years. Fabulous for the vintage." 12/10
94 Points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator:"This makes you sit up and pay attention, with a stunning array of loam, Turkish coffee, roasted cedar and licorice root flavors coursing along the bottom half, while sleek plum, blackberry and anise notes drive over the top. The mouthwatering finish is loaded with dark fruit, all harnessed by iron-clad grip. Best from 2014 through 2024. 1,300 cases made." 4/11.
97 Points, Wine Enthusiast: "Wonderfully perfumed wine that exudes class. It has weight and extraction, its tannins lending themselves to the ripe texture. The wine is concentrated, dense in texture and for aging." 4/11.
98 Points, Jane Anson, Decanter: "Okay, I am closing my eyes, I am feeling the wonderful lift and floating fruit effect, and I have to say this is a lovely Ausone. It performs some kind of vertical levitation trick, with a kick of salinity that comes from the limestone. It's juicy on the finish, kicking off its tannins like a silk sheet, emphasising the plush fruits that expand through the mid-palate with unquestionable purity and focus. This wine delivers - a contender for wine of the vintage. Drinking Window 2020 - 2032." 12/17