Chapelle d'Ausone 2010

SubregionSt Emilion

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Tasting Notes

The 2010 Chapelle Ausone is a very elegant wine with rather tart acids, this second wine of Ausone is medium-bodied, has dark raspberry and blueberry fruit notes with some hints of wet stones. Pure, nicely textured, but rather backward, this wine needs further bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030.

One of the other perfectionist, compulsive producers in St.-Emilion is Alain Vauthier, who is now capably assisted by his daughter.

Score: 89+Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

The fact that this second wine is so remarkable tells readers just how stupendous the grand vin must be. The dense purple-hued 2010 Chapelle d'Ausone offers a perfumed nose of blue, red and black fruits, licorice, incense and crushed rocks. Deep, full-bodied, round and generous, this wine will offer magnificent drinking over the next 20-25+ years.

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Chapelle d'Ausone 2010 has a tightly coiled bouquet that is very linear and controlled, not as expressive as its peers but with fine mineralité. The palate is tight on the entry with crisp tannins, bright tart cherry fruit and plenty of energy. It builds in the mouth to quite a structured, linear finish that does not forsake breeding and class. If only all second wines were as good as this. Tasted January 2014.

Score: 94Neal Martin,, February 2014

Tasted at Chateau Ausone. The bouquet on the Chapelle d'Ausone is very well defined with intense blackberry, cassis and seaweed aromas, plus a ferrous note in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with a pure, ripe, sensual entry and to be honest, you are just smitten from here on in. Beautifully balanced with perfectly pitched acidity - this is an outstanding, sophisticated Chapelle d'Ausone. Tasted November 2012.

Score: 95Neal Martin,, February 2013

A blend of 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this has a ripe, well defined nose of raspberry, dark plum and a touch of cedar wood. There is very fine lift here. The palate is very smooth and silky on the entry, gentle but insistent grip with structured, tannic, slightly gritty but very focused entry. Very pure…as usual. Drink 2013-2020+ Tasted March 2011.

Score: 91/93Neal Martin,, April 2011

There is an amazing depth of berries, orange blossom and minerals. Wet earth too. Full body, with a super velvety palate of super polished tannins. It deep and soulful. It goes for minutes on the palate. This is very structured and muscular. Nearly always one of my favorite second wines. Try after 2018.

Score: 94James Suckling,, February 2013

The second wine of Ausone again doesn't taste like a second wine! It's too good!! Dense and exciting, with blackberry, blueberry and currants. Full and powerful. It takes off at the end. The precision and pinpointed dark fruit character is fantastic

Score: 95/96James Suckling,, March 2011

65% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Very dark purple. Very sweet and rich and punchy. Just a bit green and sinewy on the end. Not quite a complete wine. The less successful grapes went into this I assume?

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2011

Ausone's second wine is better than most other Saint Emilions but there are only about 500 cases of it produced annually. A blend of 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from a hot south-facing terroir - making its debut this year. One third of Ausone's total production, it receives the same elevage as the Grand Vin itself. Fat, thick, sweet and opulent. There is an oily texture with plush glycerol yet freshness and acidity to balance. Precise and focussed. Amazing length, yet again the greatest second wine of Bordeaux.

Score: 17.5Farr Vintners, April 2011

The nose has a lovely depth and richness of fruit the ripeness giving sweetness. The black fruits on the palate are rich deep profound the richness enhanced by ripe rounded tannins. The power is balanced by red fruited freshness that gives brightness to the finish and ensures length.

Score: 91/95Derek Smedley MW, April 2011

Score: 95Tim Atkin MW,, April 2011

A notch superior to the '09 in terms of length and structure. 10% Cabernet Sauvignon for the first time. Lifted, smoky, red fruit nose. Dense, layered fruit with minerally freshness. Firm, ripe tannins. Stunning for a second wine. Drink 2020-2035.

Score: 18.5James Lawther MW,, April 2011

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