Château Ausone

Château Fonplégade

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

2014 vintage. This historical estate with great terroir surrounded by famous neighbours like Angélus, Ausone, Pavie etc. is going from strength to strength after it was bought by Denise and Stephen Adams (also owners of Château L'Enclos in Pomerol and ADAMVS in Napa Valley). 2014 vintage. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Biodynamically farmed (since 2009, certification in 2020). Intriguing attractive nose with an amazing minerality, intertwined with cassis and a hint of truffle. In the mouth it is initially a bit severe, if classy. I would recommend decanting or taste it over several hours. After a few hours the fruit shines through compensating the tight tannic structure and the acidity. Built to age, I feel this will deserve a higher score in 5 or 6 years. It's a very classic restrained wine that definitely has an understated class. Nice value at under 50 euros if you like this style. — 2 years ago

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Château Belair (Dubois-Challon)

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 1983

Finally a great bottle of this wine (third of the case, the first two were a bit mute)! Quite dense (like an Ausone from a hot year), with a distinct (Franc-associative) fragrance of bonfires and salty (sea-blown) willow bark. A lovely and well-balanced drink that will last for years and years to come (but only if the bottle looks good; here the capsule was in impeccable condition and level was IN)! — 7 years ago

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Château Ausone

Saint Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 1925

Perfect color and noise. Red fruit, still their, barnyard — 8 years ago

Charles CurtisFrank Butler
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Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 1983

Robert Cunningham
9.8

Superb wine. Beats 83 Ausone. Rich elegant and long finish — 9 years ago

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Chapelle d'Ausone

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

David T
9.4

I've been curious about this wine for some time. The original 05 Ausone review from Parker was revised and one would think it was at the request of the Chateau. Parker's 💯 point review started something like this...if you are over the age of 55, you'll want to decide if you want to buy this this wine. Largely, due to his call on it's years of drinkability; which was from 2055-80. Parker's review was mysteriously revised within two months of it's original review. Tonight, I Coravin-ed this tasting of the Chapelle D'Ausone. The 05 Chapelle D'Ausone is still very big & tight but starting it's journey into a decent drinking phase. The tannins are still chewy and dark. The fruits are; ruby blackberries, dark cherries, a mix of blue fruits, strawberries paint the back palate, dark & milk chocolate, caramel, Christmas cake, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, spice-box, black tea, a whiff of green bell peppers, irony minerals, loamy soils, tree bark, a touch of leather, lead pencil shavings, dry stems, dry stones & dark moist soil. The acidity is perfect. The structure, length, balance and tension flirt with glory. The finish runs ripe to dry fruit and the minerals are rich with a dark elegance that lasts and lasts. As good as this wine is tonight, I'll put this bottle back; which is 1 of a 6 pack and wait another 7-10 years to reopen it. Both of Ausone's 05 wines are meant for most collectors end of life or meant to be left for their children. — 5 years ago

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Tom Casagrande

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It's somewhat depressing that I am now beginning to have to think in these terms: do I want to buy wines that won't be ready in x number of years. Thanks for reminding me! 😐
David T

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I'm right there with you.

Château de Fonbel

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2011

Alex Lallos
9.0

Alain and Pauline are the best. It ain't ausone but it'll do. Very nice for a 2011 and always a great value — 7 years ago

Lee Lightfoot
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Heitz Cellar

Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1975

This cork was so tight it broke into thousand pieces and I've opens over 5000 bottles! This bottle was so confounding that I lost myself. This wine stood still in that space as if it just wanted to be left alone. Genie was not giving me much for more than an hour after decanting through funnel and drip by drip! I would not be able to tell you what this wine was if I blind tasted it. I looked for Eucalyptus and hints were there but not obvious...a brooding beast that was like a bear woken up before Spring. Tannins and acid balance was all there but it showed so slow but the structure was awe aspiring. I've had 76 Martha's before few times but no bottle confused me this much. The power tasted of Chambertin and then it was like odd Ausone...I'm screwed as I know so little now. — 8 years ago

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I meant 75!
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The famous 74's I've had are all over the hill now bit not this animal from another universe! Crazy!

Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1990

This is my 1000th wine on Delectable and I wanted to post something that meant something special to me. @Steve Anderson brought this to an incredible tasting we attended last night at a beautiful cellar in the home of @Scott Kahn who graciously hosted many of our local tasting group among wives, neighbors and other friends of his. It was an exemplary night that I had to cut much shorter than I preferred because I had to pick up my teenage daughter from a friend's house. It was a perfect storm of many important elements impacting my life both past and present. First and foremost I am a Father and even though my daughter called me much earlier than I wanted on an evening of wine involving first growths, Napa giants and Burg greats....I left because I was needed. My daughter just recently started living with me and we've been through a lot in the last year. The men I was with are almost all parents who totally get the importance of my daughter in my life....they are exceptional Dad's who have raised special kids. I respect them immensely and that is why I am honored that wine brought me together with a group that I would not likely have become friends with without it. Wine does that. It bridges gaps. It creates memories. It develops community. Delectable has done that for me as well. I have never been much of a social media guy but something about this app drew me in. Yes it was the wine...but it's the people that make this "place" truly special. I've made legit friends here and I'm better for it. I spent an amazing weekend in Chicago this summer with @Roman Sukley and @DAG...those 2 couldn't have been more generous, gracious or cool. I've also developed a synergy with @Ron R @TheSkip @Martin G Rivard @David A Lentine @Kimberly Anderson and many others I've never met but I feel like I know somehow. These people know who they are.....but back to the wine. Montelena has a special place in my heart. When I passed the bar in '93 I brought a '87 Montelena to dinner that night. Just me and my Mom. She grew up on a dirt road in a small rural town in North Carolina. Not wine country. By the time we shared the Montelena she had become a pretty ardent Chardonnay fan but did not seem to take to reds. Wine was fairly new to me but I was always trying to get her engaged with my love of red wine. Unsuccessfully. That night we shared a meal and memories at the La Valencia hotel in La Jolla and enjoyed that bottle. She was proud of me and said so. Without reservation. I was the first person on either side of my family to graduate college and now I was a lawyer. The moment touched her and it has stayed with me always. She said "you're my only child and I'm so proud of the man you've become and now you're a lawyer. I can't believe it. More than that I can't believe how much I loooooove this wine. I'm actually more impressed with that!" My Mom had a sense of humor too 😉 and right there a lifetime memory was created over a bottle that now had meaning beyond the wine. When she passed suddenly in '05 I had dinner with her husband. I brought a '90 Ausone and a '91 Montelena. We toasted my Mom. I have no recollection of the $500 Ausone but the Montelena is still one of my top 10 wines of all time. Each wine is its own experience and those you share it with enhance that experience immeasurably. Cherish each glass....and @Steve Anderson thank you for granting my request by bringing that bottle. You know now why I chose it. — 6 years ago

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Michael Meyer

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@Scott Kahn that was an epic night in your old cellar with Alec. Will forever remember it.
Scott Kahn

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This just popped up in my inbox - what a wonderful memory memorialized by @BillBender!! I would love to get beyond the social distancing and have another wine event to celebrate!!
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Me too @Scott Kahn let’s do it. Interestingly enough last Sunday would have been my Mom’s 80th birthday....I actually showed this post to my girlfriend and we toasted her. Next time I tip a glass I will toast @Alec White he was a remarkable man