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Chapelle d'Ausone

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2018 Chapelle d'Ausone  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

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

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2017 Chapelle d'Ausone  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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2016 Chapelle d'Ausone  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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2015 Chapelle d'Ausone  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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2014 Chapelle d'Ausone  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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2013 Chapelle d'Ausone  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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2012 Chapelle d'Ausone  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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2011 Chapelle d'Ausone  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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2010 Chapelle d'Ausone  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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2009 Chapelle d'Ausone  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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2005 Chapelle d'Ausone  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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2003 Chapelle d'Ausone  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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