The 2015 Chapelle d'Ausone is still a little introspective, just as it showed en primeur, when usually this races out of the blocks. This is more bashful with blackberry, pencil lead and subtle woodland aromas all nicely defined but holding themselves back. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent, fleshy, ripe tannin. Here the deuxième vin is much more expressive, velvety in texture thanks to the polished tannins and perfectly judged acidity. There is such purity and precision on the finish here that you are immediately hankering for the next sip. This surpasses my expectations. Anticipated maturity: 2021 - 2045.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
The 2015 Chapelle d'Ausone is a blend of 45% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 29 September and 15 October, matured in 85% new oak for 20 months. Pauline Vauthier commented that it was relatively easy to parse the lots between grand vin and deuxième vin this year. The nose is a little broody at first, a touch of mintiness coming through the black cherry and cassis scents. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of dark chocolate on the entry, plenty of cassis fruit, fine tannin with a gentle grip towards the finish that feels a little more structured than recent vintages. This will probably offer 8-10 years' pleasure, possibly more. Drink 2019-2035
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
A second label produced mainly from the younger vines at Château Ausone, the 2015 Chapelle d'Ausone is a blend of 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French oak barrels, 85% new, for 20 months. Deep garnet-purple in color, it appears broody to begin, offering glimpses at black berry preserves and crème de cassis notions with nuances of cigar box, Chinese five spice, menthol and chocolate box. Full-bodied, firm and grainy with a taut structure and packed with youthful, muscular fruit, it finishes on a compelling mineral note. 2022 - 2040
|Score: 94||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018|
Gorgeous perfumes of lavender, roses, currants, blackberries and violets follow through to a full body, and soft and round, beautifully textured tannins. Alluring and inviting to drink now. Beautiful length. Very open and savory for the second wine of Ausone.
|Score: 94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
This is really intense and powerful with fantastic energy and character. So much dark berry and walnut character. Full and chewy. Yet polished. Second wine of Ausone.
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
Black! Good freshness on the nose. Very sweet start - fermented blackcurrant pastilles - and finishes a little dry at the moment.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
Ausone's second wine is better than most other Saint Emilions. 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. 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 85% new oak. There will be 9000 bottles produced in 2015. Dark purple colour with a black and blue fruit nose. The palate is well-defined with refined tannins and a delineated floral and bramble fruit character. Hints of smoke and spice come from the new oak. This a serious and complex wine with real refinement despite its power and length. Very impressive for a 'second' wine.
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, March 2016|
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: 95||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
Sweet ripe the nose has depth the start of the palate is rich with a mix of black fruits. Fleshy and lush in the middle the tannins are fine adding to the suppleness yet there is freshness at the back. Layers of flavour add to the complexity the finish has depth and richness. 2021-32
|Score: 91/93||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
Two-thirds of the crop went into the Grand Vin in 2015, but Ausone’s second label is still very
impressive indeed. Perfumed and silky, with effortless oak integration, fine-boned tannins
and nuanced red and black fruits, it lingers on the palate. One for those of us who can’t afford
Ausone... Drink: 2022-30
|Score: 94||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
A stunning Chapelle with incredibly sexy texture and a haunting, exotic scent. This is a beautifully balanced wine with perfectly judged tannins and acidity underpinning and distinguished flavour. Gorgeous and relatively forward this is one to buy.
|Score: 17.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|