Chapelle d'Ausone, St Emilion Grand Cru
    Château Ausone

    Chapelle d'Ausone, St Emilion Grand Cru,



    Chapelle d'Ausone, St Emilion Grand Cru, 2010

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Chapelle d'Ausone, St Emilion Grand Cru, 2010

    Ausone's second wine will rival just about any other St Emilion (apart from Ausone itself) in 2010. Chapelle is a blend of 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from the finest terroir in the commune. It represents just a quarter of the production from yields of 26 hl/ha. When one tastes the Chapelle one wonders how the grand vin will eclipse it; it is complex, refined and utterly pitch perfect. On the nose there are notes of fine herbs, minerals, cut flowers, crème de mûre, dark chocolates and sweet earth. The palate is awash with multilayered fruit; this is seriously intense and svelte with a mass of purple and dark fruit, precise tannins and wonderfully refreshing acidity. Exquisite.

    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
    Good deep red-ruby. Vibrant aromas of blueberry, menthol and flowers. Juicy, concentrated and tactile, with a distinctly penetrating quality to the blueberry, licorice, fresh herb and mineral flavors. A bit lean and wound-up today in an Old World way, this nicely concentrated second wine needs time to soften in the bottle.
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    Château Ausone

    Château Ausone

    Ausone is undoubtedly one of the legendary properties in Bordeaux, its reputation supported as much by its rarity as by the exceptional quality of its wines. In 1996, the 7-hectare vineyard and its elegant chateau, which stands guard above the main approach to St Emilion from the valley of the Dordogne River, were bought in full by Alain Vauthier. His family had previously shared ownership with the Dubois-Challon family, and the arrangement had not been a happy one for the wines. For the last decade quality has been on the up and up, the chateau is nearing completion of a lengthy and extensive renovation and the goals of the quiet but devoted M. Vauthier are one by one being achieved, with considerale help from regisseur Pascal Delbeck. A sensational run of successes from 2000 onwards has whipped up international interest in this property which, for a while in the 1980s, had managed to retain a band of devout followers without igniting much broader demand. The vineyards are planted with 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Franc and have an average age of 50 years old. Harvest is manual and the wine is aged in 100% new oak for 18 months on average. Ausone offers ultra ripe fruit, huge richness, thick-set tannins in its youth and is generally one of the more powerful and ageworthy St Emilions. Production is limited to no more than 2000 cases.

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