Chateau Ausone can be found on edge of the 11th century village Saint Emilion and Ausone takes its name from Decimus Magus Ausonius, poet and statesman from Bordeaux who owned around 100 acres of vineyard. The more modern estate can be dated to the 18th century when it was owned by Jean Cantenat and was then inherited by Edouard Dubois. After his death in the early 1920s, his widow and children took control of the estate. For several years Ausone was jointly owned by the Dubois Challon and Vauthier families. The Vauthiers bought the Dubois Challon shares in the mid-1990s and Alain Vauthier then became Managing Director. The vineyard is 7 hectares in size with the grape varieties of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot, planted with a density of 6,500 plants per hectare. Both the Grand Vin and second wine has an annual production of little more than 2,000 cases.