Deep dark ruby. Smoky blackberry, violet, peony and lavender on the aromatic nose. Pure and silky on entry, then creamy and ripe in the middle, with a hint of flinty minerals adding complexity to the dark berry and floral flavors. Finishes with utterly suave tannins and powerful, slowly mounting fruit. An outstanding showing, but I dare say that’s par for the course with Chapelle d’Ausone. Pauline Vauthier told me that they don’t consider Chapelle to be merely Ausone’s second wine anymore, and she’ll get no argument from me.
Robert Parker 91
The beautiful second wine is Alain Vauthier’s 2011 La Chapelle d’Ausone. It possesses a dense ruby/purple color along with the nobility, class, finesse, precision, purity and copious blue and black fruits intermixed with a floral component, good minerality, and a medium-bodied, intense, rich personality. Never heavy or over-bearing, this is a beauty. As I have written many times in the past, the Vauthiers are making a “second wine” that is greater than many of the outstanding wines produced at this estate in the 20th century. This wine should drink well for 15 or more years.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029
60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. All new oak. Black core with deep purple rim. Toasty oak, light char, but also a fine cassis freshness on the nose. Fresh and quite juicy in the middle then quite firm and dense on the finish. Dark fruited, respectable but not very exciting. Tannins quite dense and may need more time than some. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2028