This is extremely open and aromatic, with exotic fruit. Extremely wild. Full body, firm, silky tannins and a long, focused finish. This is very persistent and long. A top wine for the vintage. Muscular and toned. The old vines of cabernet franc make the difference here. 55% cabernet franc and 45% merlot.
Often a bit austere in its youth, Ausone is wonderfully elegant, powerful and complex in maturity and will drink well for twenty years and more after bottling.