Chapelle d'Ausone 2014

SubregionSt Emilion

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Tasting Notes

Very aromatic and brilliant with dried flowers and berries. Intriguing. Full-bodied and very structured. Flavors of white pepper, currants and berries. Great structure. What a second wine! Drink in 2022.

Score: 96James Suckling,, February 2017

The 2014 Chapelle d'Ausone came across quite plush when I tasted it from barrel. Now in bottle it has certainly attained a more classic style without compromising the satisfying delineation and focus. There is plenty of fresh red cherry, crushed strawberry and loganberry fruit to savor, an undercurrent and limestone that percolates through. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very refined and focused with superb tension and nuance. This just glides across the mouth, not a million miles away from the 2014 La Clotte in style, blessed with a very persistent finish. Drink Date 2020-2040

Score: 92Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

The Chapelle d'Ausone 2014 is a blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 4 and 15 October and aged in 85% new oak for what will be around 18 months. It has a plush blueberry and boysenberry-scented bouquet, with a hint of warm gravel developing with aeration. The palate is sweet on the entry with rounded red berry fruit and well-judged acidity. Although it does not have enormous persistence on the finish, it is both focused and harmonious. There is nothing extravagant here but who cares when there is more than enough freshness already sutured into this deuxième vin. Drink: 2019 - 2032

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, (218), April 2015

Powerful and very rich with blueberries, minerals and violets. Full body, firm tannins and a long finish. Racy and refined. Second wine of Ausone

Score: 92/93James Suckling,, April 2015

The 2014 Chapelle d’Ausone is soft, open-knit and silky. Dark red and purplish-hued stone fruits, mint, rose petal and lavender are pushed front and center in the Chapelle, Ausone’s Merlot-based second wine. Radiant and enveloping, the 2014 will drink nicely right out of the gate. A closing flourish of rose petal, blood orange and spice adds an exotic flair to this very pretty and expressive Saint-Émilion.

Score: 92Antonio Galloni,, February 2017

50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 85% new oak.
Pretty smart and broad nose with superior notes but not much concentration. Decidedly superior and good for early drinking.
Drink 2023-2029

Score: 16.5+Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2015

Ausone's second wine is better than most other Saint Emilions but there are only about 500 cases of it produced annually. It usually represents about one third of Ausone's total production and receives the same elevage as the Grand Vin itself. The average age of vines is 15 years. 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 85% new oak. 6,500 bottles produced in 2014. Purple colour. Lovely intense nose with blueberries and raspberries with a little clove and tobacco. Creamy and plush on the palate, with milk chocolate, red and plack cherries and polished, refined tannins. Very clean, with long, enduring spiciness and summer pudding fruit on the finish.

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, March 2015

Starting with the second wine of Ausone, the 2015 Chapelle d'Ausone checks in as roughly 45% each of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a screaming good wine offering notes of black raspberries, licorice, smoked earth, and exotic flowers. With fabulous opulence, full-bodied richness, ripe tannin, and a stacked mid-palate, it’s a serious wine that will benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for two decades. 2020 - 2040

Score: 95Jeb Dunnuck,, November 2017

Floral and fresh on the nose the start of the palate is bright quite light with a mix of red fruits. Slightly richer in the middle the tannins fine and ripe but under the sweetness the red fruited mix gives freshness. 2019-29

Score: 88/90Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

There's no shortage of new oak on this young wine (85% to be precise) and it's yet to fully integrate, but what lies beneath it is typically elegant and refined. It's quite a forward wine with grassy, sweet flavours and fine-boned tannins.

Score: 92Tim Atkin MW,, April 2015

Score: 90+Decanter Magazine, April 2015

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