Chapelle d'Ausone 2017

SubregionSt Emilion

Ausone's second wine usually represents about one third of the Chateau'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. Less than 1000 cases are produced annually which makes it very hard to find unless purchased en primeur.


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Tasting Notes

Picked between 23rd September and 2nd October with a yield of 35 hl/ha. The blend is 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet France and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Production will be 5500 bottles. A very deep colour for a second wine. Rich, ripe and powerful on the nose with dark chocolate and roasted fruits. The palate is plump and smooth, with refined, fine-grained tannins allowing the ripe plum and cherry fruit to shine through. This is a big wine, with lots of moccha and liquorice, but the acidity keeps this all in check. Very moreish despite the power, with a peppery, spicy finish.

Score: 15.5Farr Vintners, April 2018

The 2017 Chapelle d’Ausone was cropped at 35hl/ha, picked between 23 September and 2 October. It is matured in 100% new oak for 20 months. At the moment, the oak is dominating the aromatics although with aeration one catches glimpses of black cherry, crushed strawberry fruit, plus a hint of vanilla extract. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth tannin, crisp black fruit with a light saline influence, moderate in length but perhaps just missing a little depth towards the finish. Otherwise this is a very competent deuxième vin. Drink 2022-2040.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin,, May 2018

Very minerally with lots of salt and white-pepper character that complements pure and dark fruits. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a linear finish.

Score: 93/94James Suckling,, April 2018

The 2017 Chapelle d'Ausone is a very serious second wine. Dark, powerful and concentrated, with a surprising amount of tannin and overall structure, the 2017 is impressive. Unless it softens considerably during aging, the 2017 is likely going to require a number of years to be at its best given its formidable structure. Even so, there is tremendous purity to the fruit and certainly much to look forward to.

Score: 89/92Antonio Galloni,, May 2018

A blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Chapelle d'Ausone opens with slightly reticent notes of crushed black berries, cassis and tilled soil with sparks of black raspberries, red roses and cedar chest plus wafts of iron ore and crushed stones. The palate is medium to full-bodied and rich, densely packed with firm, very fine-grained tannins, vibrant fruit and a very long, mineral-laced finish. Impressive!

Score: 91/93Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

Deep purple crimson. Smoky, charry oak over pure dark fruit, the fruit just wins out in the aroma. Pure cassis. Lovely concentrated juicy cassis on the palate and wonderfully smooth and rounded but no lack of structure. Terrific freshness and length.
Drink 2024-2034

Score: 17Julia Harding MW,, April 2018

The fruit is ripe the nose and palate sweet with mainly black fruits. Underlying bilberry balances and refreshes the back palate is lighter but there is sweet fruit richness on the finish. 2024-35

Score: 89/92Derek Smedley MW,, April 2018

This estate has managed to stay true to their signature, producing a gorgeous, round wine with dancing floral aromatics that accompany the autumnal fruit and wonderful lick of wet stone. The tight tannins emphasise the austere finish, but there's great persistency. 100% new oak. Harvested 23 September to 2 October, yielding 35hl/ha.
Drinking Window 2026 - 2038

Score: 90Jane Anson,, April 2018

There was no frost damage here. This is a fabulously regal Chapelle, with a flavour that starts quietly but it builds and builds over minutes. The nose is bright and perfumed and it just touches exoticism momentarily and then recoils back to its more comfortable, mineral-soaked position. The nose and palate maintain a beautiful momentum on the palate and the finish is as impactful as the very first sip. Stunning. The acid tang is thrilling, too, and this adds bite to the cool fruit.

Score: 17.5+Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

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