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Ausone

Ausone - Lobenbergs Gute Weine

Ausone ist ein kleines und geradezu spektakulär klassisch wirkendes Chateau hoch oben an einem der Hänge außerhalb der mittelalterlichen Stadtmauern von Saint Emilion. Trotz der grandiosen Lage und der Tatsache, dass es über eine der besten Rebflächen im Bordeaux verfügte, brachte es in den sechziger und siebziger Jahren eher uninteressante Weine hervor. Dies...

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Ausone ist ein kleines und geradezu spektakulär klassisch wirkendes Chateau hoch oben an einem der Hänge außerhalb der mittelalterlichen Stadtmauern von Saint Emilion. Trotz der grandiosen Lage und der Tatsache, dass es über eine der besten Rebflächen im Bordeaux verfügte, brachte es in den sechziger und siebziger Jahren eher uninteressante Weine hervor. Dies änderte sich erst 1976, als der neue Kellermeister einen großen Jahrgang nach dem anderen produzierte. Ab Mitte der neunziger Jahre ist Alain Vauthier der Alleinbesitzer von Ausone, der mit Unterstützung von Michel Rolland weiterhin spektakuläre Weine mit der für Ausone so typischen Eleganz, Finesse, Intensität, Konzentration und mineralbetonter Persönlichkeit hervorbringt. Mit Alain Vauthier hat Ausone den Sprung zum qualitativ besten Weingut des Bordelais geschafft. Und der Qualitätsfortschritt über noch mehr natürliche Arbeit geht weiter, Alain Vauthier stellt alle Weingüter von schon in den letzten Jahren praktizierten organischen Weinbergsarbeit auf Biodynamik um. Die spektakulärsten und rarsten Weine in Bordeaux werden sicher auch in Zukunft von Ausone kommen.

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  1. Chateau Ausone 1er Gr.Cr.Cl.A (002176)

    Chateau Ausone 1er Gr.Cr.Cl.A  - Lobenbergs Gute Weine
    Ausone, 2011, 0,75 l
    Lobenberg 94-97, WE 95-97, Parker 95+
    20075H Frankreich - Bordeaux - Saint Emilion
    750,00 €
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    €/l 1000,00
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    Lobenberg: Der Wein von Alain Vauthier. Ausone ist seit Jahren ... [mehr]
  2. Chateau Ausone 1er Gr.Cr.Cl.A (002177)

    Chateau Ausone 1er Gr.Cr.Cl.A  - Lobenbergs Gute Weine
    Ausone, 2015, 0,75 l
    Lobenberg 98-99, Suckling 100, Galloni 97-100, Wine Enthusiast 97-99, Gerstl 20, Falstaff 97-99, Vinum 19,5, Gabriel 19
    27113H Frankreich - Bordeaux - Saint Emilion
    795,00 €
    rot
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Harvest 2015

Andrew Black: When did you start the 2015 harvest?

Pauline Vauthier: Last Thursday (September 17) at Simard. We’re planning to start Ausone on September 24 th.

Andrew Black: You said a couple of weeks ago that you’d be picking at Ausone...

Andrew Black: When did you start the 2015 harvest?

Pauline Vauthier: Last Thursday (September 17) at Simard. We’re planning to start Ausone on September 24 th.

Andrew Black: You said a couple of weeks ago that you’d be picking at Ausone earlier than that...

Pauline Vauthier: We decided to give the grapes a bit more time. There’s no botrytis, and the weather’s good.

Andrew Black: What do you expect to gain from a few more days?

Pauline Vauthier: Finer tannins. The pips especially will be riper. We could pick now, as the Merlot is ripe, but we can get even better results.

Andrew Black: And the CAndrew Black:ernet Franc?

Pauline Vauthier: This year it’s close on the heels of the Merlot. We won’t have to wait long. And with an anti-cyclone forecast, conditions are great for the CAndrew Black:ernet Franc. It’s looking very good for both varieties.

Andrew Black: Growers are predicting high alcohol levels in 20 15. Will that be the case for CAndrew Black:ernet Franc too?

Pauline Vauthier: Merlot will certainly be around 14°. CAndrew Black: ernet Franc won’t be much lower.

Andrew Black: Are you happy with the crop size this year?

Pauline Vauthier: It’s just right. That’s nice, after two rather small years.

Andrew Black: How happy are you with the quality of the crop?

Pauline Vauthier: All the parameters are good. It’s clearl y going to be a very good year.

Andrew Black: Could it be a great vintage?  

Pauline Vauthier: Although the balances are really very go od, I don’t see the 2015 as having the dimension of a year like 2010.

Andrew Black: The 2015 growing season has been relatively trou ble-free. The harvest conditions look perfect. Do you think that it will be an easy vinta ge to vinify?

Pauline Vauthier: We have to be careful. Alcohol levels ar e high, and with that there’s a danger of over-extracting.

Andrew Black: How will you make sure of not over-extracting? W hat will be your approach during the fermentations?

Pauline Vauthier: We’ll extract well at the beginning. We’ ll do one delestage a day, which is quite a vigorous technique, then as soon as the density is down to Andrew Black:out 1040, we’ll leave the vat alone.

Andrew Black: Are you at all worried about acidity falling if you wait these extra days at Ausone?  

Pauline Vauthier: Simard came in with a pH of 3.65, which is pretty good for down there. It’s usually at 3.65 or 3.75.

Andrew Black: What is Ausone at right now?

Pauline Vauthier: Andrew Black:out 3.5. So there are no concerns there.

Andrew Black: Why are some people saying that acidity could be an issue this year?

Pauline Vauthier: In my opinion, it’s because when you tas te the berries of this year’s crop, sometimes you get the impression that acidity is lo w, but pH analyses are good. The parameters are good, as I said.

Andrew Black: Has the colour come quickly?

Pauline Vauthier: Incredibly quickly. Within a couple of hours the must is completely black.

Andrew Black: Growers are talking Andrew Black:out an outstanding year, a nd yet you’re not getting too excited Andrew Black:out it...

Pauline Vauthier: After one or two tricky vintages there’s always a temptation to go a bit over the top when a very good vintage comes along. I don’t want to claim that 2015 is another 2010. Not yet anyway!

Andrew Black: At best, which vintage could it be compared with ?

Pauline Vauthier: 2009.

Andrew Black: That wouldn’t be bad! Objectively speaking, what is it Andrew Black:out the 2015 that makes you think that it cannot be another 2010?

Pauline Vauthier: Andrew Black:ove all, the water stress that the vin es suffered in the summer. If they hadn’t had that stress, it could have been different. Cert ainly, we would have harvested much earlier. We were desperate for rain at one stage.

Andrew Black: It’s nevertheless an early vintage...

Pauline Vauthier: Yes, because the stages of the vine cycl e were all ahead of schedule. The lack of rain slowed down the end of the cycle for the Merlo t.

Andrew Black: That’s why the CAndrew Black:ernet Franc is almost as ready as the Merlot? The CAndrew Black:ernet didn’t suffer?

Pauline Vauthier: It suffered less. The berries are very s mall though, and that’s because of the drought.

Andrew Black: Which variety will be better this year, Merlot o r CAndrew Black:ernet Franc?

Pauline Vauthier: Tricky question, because they seem to be on a par. But I’ll stick my neck out and say it could well be a CAndrew Black:ernet Franc year. The berries are packed with flavour, good acidity and have no trace of vegetal aroma. But the grapes are still on the vines. I could still change my mind...

Andrew Black: Could 2015 really be as silky and opulent as 200 9?

Pauline Vauthier: I think it has the profile of 2009. Whet her it’s as good, we’ll have to wait and see, but I’m sure 2015 will be superior to 2011, 2012, 2 013 and 2014! But ask me the same question after the malos! I might have a different answer.

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