Bordeaux Theme

Live Virtual Auction, 26 March 2023

Bordeaux Fine Wine

Sold for

ZAR 19 933
Lot 72
  • Ausone; Saint-Émilion; 2005; 1 (1 x 1); 750ml

Lot Estimate
ZAR 18 000 - 22 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 19 933

About this Item

2005 Saint-Émilion
1 (1 x 1) 750ml

Château Ausone is named after the fourth century Roman poet Ausonius who owned over 100 acres of vineyard around Saint-Émilion. The modern château and its 7 hectares of vineyards (Cabernet Franc and Merlot) date back to the 18th century. Ausone holds the distinction of Premier Grand Cru Classé “A” status - and one of only two estates to hold this status since the inception of the classification in 1955. A very limited production of fewer than 2000 cases annually makes Château Ausone one of the most expensive and sought-after Saint-Émilion and Bordeaux wines.


The Coats Family Cellar is arguably the most prestigious fine wine collection ever offered in South Africa. It contains a deep collection of the worlds finest, most sought-after wines, spanning over 150 years. Collected over many decades, the cellar was imported from Ireland to South Africa via reefer. Each bottle within the Coats Family Cellar was authenticated by Michael Egan in August 2022 and given an ID number for tracking.

Michael Egan is a world-expert in fine and rare wines with more than thirty five years of experience. He was the principal expert for the plaintiff in the two major wine counterfeiting trials in Koch v. Eric Greenberg and United States v. Rudy Kurniawan, both of which occurred in 2013.

Along with Michael Egan, the Strauss & Co Fine Wine team have tasted extensively through the cellar and are confident of the wine storage and hence quality. The entire collection is currently stored at Wine Cellar.

Critics Ratings

'The 2005 Ausone is a perfect wine of the vintage. It displays crushed rock, spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning purity and richness, and perfect harmony among all of its component parts (acidity, tannin, wood, alcohol and extract). Still youthful, but oh, so promising, this wine should be set aside for another decade and drunk over the following 50-75 years.' - Robert Parker Jr, Wine Advocate, 100/100 (Jun 2015).

'I love the tobacco, berry, cigar box, toasty oak, ripe fruit and fresh mushroom flavors in this full-bodied red, which has ultra layered tannins and vanilla, new oak and berry character. Powerful and superconcentrated, with great length. This is a muscular, full-throttle wine, racing very, very fast. Best after 2019.' ­- Wine Spectator, 100/100 (Mar 2008)

'Classic, ripe claret nose. Very ripe. More austere than some, but lovely freshness. Everything in its place. Long and prancing on the palate.' - Jancis Robinson MW,, 18.5/20 (Feb 2017)

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