- Wednesday 22 July 2009
Telephone: +33 (0)5 57 24 70 26
Visits: By appointment only
Details: 1er Grand Cru Classé A, Saint-Emilion, 7ha, clay-limestone
Vineyards: Merlot Noir 45%, Cabernet Franc 55%History:
Ausone is situated on the southerly slopes of Saint-Emilion's limestone plateau, just metres from the medieval village itself. From the Middle Ages to the 17th century it passed between three great wine dynasties: the Lescours family, the de Lescure family and most recently the Chatonnet-Cantenats. Today's owners, the Vauthier family (Alain Vauthier controls the estate) can trace their ancestry back to Pierre Chatonnnet, who acquired the estate in 1690. The Château name is thought to be derived from the 4th century Roman poet Ausonius. He was born in Bordeaux, but there's no evidence to suggest he ever lived on the estate.