Ausone 2018 has been released at €565 per bottle ex-negociant, up 17.7% on the 2017 release (€480). The wine is being offered by the international trade for £7,000 per 12×75, up 24% on the 2017 release of £5,640 per case.
Critics have praised this year’s Ausone. Antonio Galloni (Vinous) awarded the wine 97-100 points and said it was “off the charts”. He went on to say that “it is without question on of the wines of the vintage”.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (Wine Advocate) also gave it a potentially perfect score of 98-100. In her tasting note she said it finished “with epic length and heart-stopping beauty”.
James Suckling also commented on Ausone’s “incredible beauty” and awarded it 99-100 points.
Other commentators included Jane Anson (Decanter, 98-100), who said it was “an incredible wine”, and Jeff Leve (The Wine Cellar Insider, 98-100), who commented: “if you have the money there are few wines at this level of quality produced from any vineyard in the world”.
Liv-ex members also ranked Ausone 2018 as their 10th best wine of the vintage.
Prices for Ausone are 58% correlated to our ‘Benchmark Critic’ scores. Based on today’s release price of £7,000, the wine is coming to market below the line implied by our ‘Fair Value’ methodology. It is also available at a small discount to the highly rated 2016 (NM 99) and therefore looks like a solid En Primeur offer.
Those perusing back-vintage may want to consider the 2006 and 2008 which are available at discounts to today’s release.
Looking for more?
Our Bordeaux 2018 pages contain everything you need to know about this year’s En Primeur campaign, including:
- Critic scores
- Release prices
- Bordeaux 2018 analysis tool [members only]
- The conversation on social media
- Liv-ex’s fair value methodology