There is something poetic about the landscape of Ausone. From its rocky vantage point, the château overlooks the vines, their outer reaches surrounded by drystone walls, their foliage reaching towards the sunlight. Even the property's name pays homage to a Latin poet, Decimus Magnus Ausonius, who declaimed his love for the Bordeaux vineyards in numerous poems.
In future, it will be Pauline Vauthier's task to nurture this mythical terroir, with its four centuries of viticultural history. The dynamic thirtysomething is the eleventh generation of Vauthier winemakers; her career so far has been a faultless continuation of her father's successes. Her talents are visible in both vineyard and winery, and her unwavering focus has enabled her to really grasp the subtleties of Ausone's timeless style. "I spend a lot more time in jeans and boots, in the vineyards with our dogs, than I do at tastings in town," Pauline confesses: she is clearly deeply attached to her land. In future, she will also have the support of her brother Edouard, who has returned to the family property to take on the position of international spokesperson.
This year, the Vauthier family wanted to take a few more steps in an environmentally friendly direction, but without running full tilt after certification. To this end, several of the properties now operate under biodynamic principles, and for the first time all the vine treatments are 100% organic. The family's vision of sustainability is broader than just their own plots of vines: they are concerned about the properties' entire ecosystem. They have planted hedges, fruit trees and aromatic plants around the vineyards to create a mutually beneficial environment that will preserve and protect the fauna.
Surface : 7 hectares
Soils : calcareous and calcareous-clay
Grapes : 55% cabernet franc, 45% merlot
Cultural method : integrated agriculture
Yield : 45hl/ha
Age of vines : 50 years
Production : 15 to 18 000 bottles
Aging : 18 to 24 months in barrels