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Ausone: JJ Buckley and the Last Crusade

Ausone: JJ Buckley and the Last Crusade

Post by Neil Mechanic | April 8th, 2011

Our Pilgrimage to Ausone

For many, Saint Emilion (and the neighboring village of Pomerol) is the “Holy Grail” for merlot and cabernet franc, as there is nowhere else these two varietals reach such levels of greatness. Saint Émilion sits on the right bank of the Dordogne River and is dotted with Romanesque churches and ruins stretching along the narrow cobblestone streets. Walking through the village, the Romans’ involvement is evident in the architecture and the limestone terraced vineyards that dot the landscape.

Thus, our visit to Château Ausone, one of two grand cru classé estates, was more than just a tasting…it was a historical and, dare I say, holy experience! In fact, the estate’s chapel (Chapelle de la Madeleine) and its underground rotunda are dedicated to Mary Magdalene, one of Jesus’ most infamous disciples. With so much to see, it was like being in a museum that just happens to make one of the greatest wines in the world! (more…)