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Chapelle d'Ausone

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2023
94
Violets, roses, black raspberries, licorice, and cherry aromatics carry the perfume. On the palate, the wine is elegant, polished, sweet, and lively. The tannins are soft, the fruits are lifted, and creamy. There is a vibrance, and energy here with an understated approach this is perfect for the vintage. It is difficult to believe this is a second wine. The wine blends 60% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2028-2047. 93-95 Pts.

Violets, roses, black raspberries, licorice, and cherry aromatics carry the perfume. On the palate, the wine is elegant, polished, sweet, and lively. The tannins are soft, the fruits are lifted, and creamy. There is a vibrance, and energy here with an understated approach this is perfect for the vintage. It is difficult to believe this is a second wine. The wine blends 60% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink from 2028-2047. 93-95 Pts.

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2022
94
Deeply colored, the nose shows off its wild flowers, black raspberries, incense, and licorice nuanced perfume without asking. Medium-bodied, creamy, lush, fresh, and with a strong sense of minerality, the wine fills your palate with chocolate, mint, spice, licorice, and black cherries before you find all the salty, crushed rocks, and stones on the back end. Once again, it is difficult to believe this is a second wine. The wine blends 60% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% ABV, 3.52 pH. Drink from 2027-2048. 93-95 Pts.

Deeply colored, the nose shows off its wild flowers, black raspberries, incense, and licorice nuanced perfume without asking. Medium-bodied, creamy, lush, fresh, and with a strong sense of minerality, the wine fills your palate with chocolate, mint, spice, licorice, and black cherries before you find all the salty, crushed rocks, and stones on the back end. Once again, it is difficult to believe this is a second wine. The wine blends 60% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% ABV, 3.52 pH. Drink from 2027-2048. 93-95 Pts.

1,621 Views   Tasted
2021
92
Ruby in color, you find an intriguing cedar, leafy herb, tobacco leaf, coffee bean, red plum and black raspberry nose with a touch of cinnamon in the background. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, lively, fresh and vibrant, with a crisp edge to the red fruits on the palate. The wine blends 75% Cabernet Franc with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12.6% ABV. This is the first vintage of Chapelle d'Ausone without any Merlot in the blend. Drink from 2026-2037. 91-93

Ruby in color, you find an intriguing cedar, leafy herb, tobacco leaf, coffee bean, red plum and black raspberry nose with a touch of cinnamon in the background. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, lively, fresh and vibrant, with a crisp edge to the red fruits on the palate. The wine blends 75% Cabernet Franc with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12.6% ABV. This is the first vintage of Chapelle d'Ausone without any Merlot in the blend. Drink from 2026-2037. 91-93

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2020
94
Flowers, leafy herbs, mint, espresso, cherries, plums and a hint of blueberries come alive in the aromatic profile. But, the best is yet to come with its array of minerals, rocks, stones and salt-tinted red and black fruits that cross your palate with length, lift, precision, purity and soft, smooth-textures. It is difficult to believe that this is their second wine. Drink from 2025-2040.

Flowers, leafy herbs, mint, espresso, cherries, plums and a hint of blueberries come alive in the aromatic profile. But, the best is yet to come with its array of minerals, rocks, stones and salt-tinted red and black fruits that cross your palate with length, lift, precision, purity and soft, smooth-textures. It is difficult to believe that this is their second wine. Drink from 2025-2040.

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2018
94
Fresh, bright, stony, mineral driven black and red fruits with precision, length, purity, lush, soft textures and finish packed with ripe, sweet, plums, cherries, licorice, smoke and espresso. It is difficult to believe that this is their second wine.

Fresh, bright, stony, mineral driven black and red fruits with precision, length, purity, lush, soft textures and finish packed with ripe, sweet, plums, cherries, licorice, smoke and espresso. It is difficult to believe that this is their second wine.

1,370 Views   Tasted
Deeply colored, the wine is rich, lush, round and concentrated. There is focus, precision, length and purity with notes of ripe, sweet, fresh, black cherries, plum, licorice, smoke and crushed stones on the nose and palate. It is difficult to believe that this is their second wine. 93-95 Pts

Deeply colored, the wine is rich, lush, round and concentrated. There is focus, precision, length and purity with notes of ripe, sweet, fresh, black cherries, plum, licorice, smoke and crushed stones on the nose and palate. It is difficult to believe that this is their second wine. 93-95 Pts

4,980 Views   Tasted
2017
92
Licorice, crushed stone, espresso, flowers and black cherry liqueur initiate the encounter. From there you'll progress to a finesse styled, supple textured wine with scrumptious red berries that deliver lift and sweetness.

Licorice, crushed stone, espresso, flowers and black cherry liqueur initiate the encounter. From there you'll progress to a finesse styled, supple textured wine with scrumptious red berries that deliver lift and sweetness.

2,393 Views   Tasted
2016
94
With a rich, ruby hue, the wine is floral, smoky, spicy and shows a touch of oak, along with ripe, red black raspberries and plums. Lusciously textured, with silky tannins and a wealth of sweet, ripe, pure, red fruits, the tastes as good as it feels on the palate. Give it 6-8 years to spread out, for the oak to integrate and the tannins to meld into the wine. Enjoy it for the next decade after that. It is interesting to note the blend as it was made 56% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is unique as it is the first vintage with such a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend.

With a rich, ruby hue, the wine is floral, smoky, spicy and shows a touch of oak, along with ripe, red black raspberries and plums. Lusciously textured, with silky tannins and a wealth of sweet, ripe, pure, red fruits, the tastes as good as it feels on the palate. Give it 6-8 years to spread out, for the oak to integrate and the tannins to meld into the wine. Enjoy it for the next decade after that. It is interesting to note the blend as it was made 56% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is unique as it is the first vintage with such a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend.

2,785 Views   Tasted
Deep in color and blending 56% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is rich, structured, full bodied and tannic, offering dark red and black fruits with equally dark chocolate. The wine is concentrated, fat and really dense this year. It's important to note the blend, because it is the highest percentage of the Cabernet's ever used in this wine. The vines are young and not quite ready to include in the Grand Vin but they are close.

Deep in color and blending 56% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is rich, structured, full bodied and tannic, offering dark red and black fruits with equally dark chocolate. The wine is concentrated, fat and really dense this year. It's important to note the blend, because it is the highest percentage of the Cabernet's ever used in this wine. The vines are young and not quite ready to include in the Grand Vin but they are close.

2,509 Views   Tasted
2015
94
It is hard to believe this is a second wine with all that is going on here. The black and red fruits are ripe, intense, fresh and sweet. The tannins are soft and ripe, giving you soft, polished, elegant textures, volume and complexity.

It is hard to believe this is a second wine with all that is going on here. The black and red fruits are ripe, intense, fresh and sweet. The tannins are soft and ripe, giving you soft, polished, elegant textures, volume and complexity.

2,691 Views   Tasted
With 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, it is easy to find floral notes, licorice, black cherry, vanilla and spicy tones. Richly textured with density in the mouth, silky tannins and a sweet blast of ripe, polished fruits that show up in the end note.

With 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, it is easy to find floral notes, licorice, black cherry, vanilla and spicy tones. Richly textured with density in the mouth, silky tannins and a sweet blast of ripe, polished fruits that show up in the end note.

3,254 Views   Tasted
2014
91
With 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine offers tobacco, black raspberry, vanilla, cocoa and earthy character in its perfume. Medium bodied, with fresh, ripe, polished, elegant red fruits, this is a charming vintage for Chapelle d’Ausone. 90-92 Pts

With 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine offers tobacco, black raspberry, vanilla, cocoa and earthy character in its perfume. Medium bodied, with fresh, ripe, polished, elegant red fruits, this is a charming vintage for Chapelle d’Ausone. 90-92 Pts

2,641 Views   Tasted
2013
89
With crushed stone and black raspberry on the nose, this petite and pretty wine showcases finesse, freshness and delicate, ripe cherries. Blending 60% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is aging in 85% new French oak. 88-90 Pts

With crushed stone and black raspberry on the nose, this petite and pretty wine showcases finesse, freshness and delicate, ripe cherries. Blending 60% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is aging in 85% new French oak. 88-90 Pts

2,792 Views   Tasted
2012
91
From a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon (Cabernet Sauvignon is never included in the Grand Vin), the wine will be aged in 85% new French oak for 20 months. Oak, fennel and plummy notes, soft tannins, and a long and fresh black raspberry finish are what you’ll find in this wine. It’s hard to believe this is the product of a second wine. 90-92 Pts

From a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon (Cabernet Sauvignon is never included in the Grand Vin), the wine will be aged in 85% new French oak for 20 months. Oak, fennel and plummy notes, soft tannins, and a long and fresh black raspberry finish are what you’ll find in this wine. It’s hard to believe this is the product of a second wine. 90-92 Pts

3,317 Views   Tasted
2011
91
Blending 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine opens with crushed stone, smoke, floral and cherries. Supple and sweet, the wine feels like polished black cherry. This is definitely the best second wine in Bordeaux today. 90-92 Pts

Blending 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine opens with crushed stone, smoke, floral and cherries. Supple and sweet, the wine feels like polished black cherry. This is definitely the best second wine in Bordeaux today. 90-92 Pts

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2010
92
Chapelle d’Ausone 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon produce the blend. Like its big brother, the wine will be aged in 100% new oak for about 20 months. This is the debut vintage for Chapelle d’Ausone to feature a large percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the assemblage. Smoke, cassis, stone and fresh blackberry aromas pair with a medium full bodied, sweet, round, tannic, blackberry and chocolate finish 92-93 Pts

Chapelle d’Ausone 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon produce the blend. Like its big brother, the wine will be aged in 100% new oak for about 20 months. This is the debut vintage for Chapelle d’Ausone to feature a large percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the assemblage. Smoke, cassis, stone and fresh blackberry aromas pair with a medium full bodied, sweet, round, tannic, blackberry and chocolate finish 92-93 Pts

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2009
92
2009 Chapelle d’Ausone, with its mineral, smoke, and mixed berry nose, comes across as a mini version of its big brother, Ausone. 91-93 Pts

2009 Chapelle d’Ausone, with its mineral, smoke, and mixed berry nose, comes across as a mini version of its big brother, Ausone. 91-93 Pts

6,559 Views   Tasted
2005
95
There is no better second wine being made in Bordeaux today than Chapelle d'Ausone and Alain Vautheir has never produced a better Chapelle d'Ausone than he did in the 2005 Bordeaux vintage. This wine will beat several big names in a blind tasting. Licorice, minerals, stone, black raspberry liqueur and fresh boysenberries make up the perfume. On your palate, this rich, full bodied, intense wine ends with an intense, deep, spicy, ripe, sweet, black and red fruit filled finish. This is still young today, but it can be enjoyed with an hour of air. Else, if you can wait, give it another 3-5 years and drink it over the next 2 decades. Savvy buyers who picked this up as a future scored a really nice St. Emilion wine.

There is no better second wine being made in Bordeaux today than Chapelle d'Ausone and Alain Vautheir has never produced a better Chapelle d'Ausone than he did in the 2005 Bordeaux vintage. This wine will beat several big names in a blind tasting. Licorice, minerals, stone, black raspberry liqueur and fresh boysenberries make up the perfume. On your palate, this rich, full bodied, intense wine ends with an intense, deep, spicy, ripe, sweet, black and red fruit filled finish. This is still young today, but it can be enjoyed with an hour of air. Else, if you can wait, give it another 3-5 years and drink it over the next 2 decades. Savvy buyers who picked this up as a future scored a really nice St. Emilion wine.

7,158 Views   Tasted
2003
92
A little oaky, but the texture is silky. The wine is concentrated, the fruit is fresh, sweet, clean and pure, with an herbal accent in the finish. With about 45 minutes of air, this shows quite well. It's a nice wine, but it does not really resemble its more famous, big brother.

A little oaky, but the texture is silky. The wine is concentrated, the fruit is fresh, sweet, clean and pure, with an herbal accent in the finish. With about 45 minutes of air, this shows quite well. It's a nice wine, but it does not really resemble its more famous, big brother.

3,682 Views   Tasted