Robert Parker's Wine Advocate : Is the 1999 Ausone the wine of the vintage? Dense purple color, a compelling bouquet of licorice, minerals, black and blueberry liqueur, extraordinary delineation, high tannin, superb extract, and phenomenal richness all are the stuff of legend. It seems impossible that this wine emerged from a vintage like 1999. Proprietor Alain Vauthier produced only 20,000 bottles because he eliminated one-fourth of the tiny crop. The result is out-and-out fabulous, but the wine needs 10-12 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050. Tasted 2002.
Blend : 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc.