The winery is located in the area Saint-Emilion high on a terrace overlooking the valley of Dordogne, Nearby are the remains of a large Roman villa. Perhaps this was the seat of the born in Bordeaux Roman poet Ausonius (310-395), who also owned vineyards here. Famous is the domed wine cellar cut in the rock. The estate was owned by the two families Vauthier and Dubois-Challon for 250 years. After a long dispute Alain Vauthier bought in 1996 the shares of Madame Dubois-Challon and is now the sole owner. In 1997, Alain Vauthier separated from Pascal Delbeck and engaged as a consultant to the well-known French oenologist Michel Rolland (* 1947). He is now responsible for the vinification himself.
It has been ranked in all classifications (most recently in 2012) with the highest "Premier Grand Cru Classé A". The vineyards cover only 7.3 hectares of vineyards on a flat layer of bright, calcareous clay soil over permeable limestone. You are half each with Merlot and Cabernet Franc planted, the vines are on average over 50 years old. The colorful and extremely long-lived red wine will be 16 to 22 months in principle in 100% new barriques expanded. Every three months, the barrels are transferred to remove the depot. It takes place beautiful with protein, but mostly none filtration,
The wine needs a long development time. It is also known as the "Château Pétrus des Saint-Émilion" and is one of the most expensive wines in the world, Particularly outstanding vintages are 1976, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1990 and 1998. A bottle from the 1849 vintage was made in 1995 by one of the well-known wine collectors Hardy Rodenstock (1941-2018) organized Pre-Phylloxera Event tasted by a celebratory round. The then 146 years old wine tasted like an old port and was excellent. Every year, only about 2,500 boxes of wine are produced. The excellent second wine is called "Chapelle d'Ausone".
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