- Château Ausone has been released for £6,800 per 12×75.
- ‘Intellectual and persistent,’ said Neal Martin, who rated it 95-97.5 points.
- Buyers looking for value have several options, notably the 2018 and 2019 vintages.
It is being offered by the international trade for £6,800 per 12×75, a 13.3% increase on the 2021 release price (£6,000 per 12×75).
This marks the second vintage since Ausone withdrew from the Saint-Émilion classification in 2021.
Neal Martin (Vinous) awarded the wine a barrel range of 95-97.5 points, calling it ‘intellectual and persistent in the mouth.’ He expresses some hesitation, though, wondering if he ‘had witnessed this Saint-Émilion demonstrate its full potential’ – hence the atypical barrel range score.
James Suckling gave it a barrel range of 97-98 points, describing this ‘young Ausone’ unlike any other he remembers and calling it ‘full-bodied with flamboyant fruit and energy’.
Jean-Marc Quarin scored the wine 99 points, calling it ‘ultra meticulous on the palate’.
Meanwhile, William Kelley (Wine Advocate) scored it at a slightly lower range of 94-96+ points. He said that ‘given its imposing levels of structuring extract, it will require patience’.
Fair Value analysis
There is no significant correlation between Ausone Market Prices and Neal Martin scores – the chosen critic for Liv-ex’s ‘Fair Value’ methodology.
That said, Château Ausone prices are 75% correlated to Jane Anson scores. Liv-ex members on Silver packages and above can find out more via the Fair Value Tool.
Using the chart above, buyers have several options among back vintages. The 2019 scored an impressive 98 points from Neal Martin (Vinous), who commended it on its ‘wonderful delineation’. It is available at a discount of 14.4% to today’s release.
The 2018 is also an attractive option, scoring 97 points and available at a discount of 10.3% to the 2022.
The 2012 and 2017 are quite interesting, both having received 96 points like the 2022 but available at discounts of 33.8% and 35.9% to today’s release. Buyers looking to break into a high-demand label might consider these as an entry point.
The château’s second label Chapelle d’Ausone 2022 was also released at £1,740 per case.
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Liv-ex analysis is drawn from the world’s most comprehensive database of fine wine prices. The data reflects the real time activity of Liv-ex’s 620+ merchant members from across the globe. Together they represent the largest pool of liquidity in the world – currently £100m of bids and offers across 16,000 wines.