Chateau Ausone   Chapelle dAusone

2001 Chapelle d'Ausone

By Chateau Ausone

2001 Chapelle d'Ausone from Chateau Ausone, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

As one ventures into the panorama of Bordeaux vintages, the millennium's offset bears distinctive jewels, notably the 2001 Chapelle d'Ausone from the hallowed terroir of Chateau Ausone. This particular year is a paragon in illustrating vintage variation and encapsulates the majesty of Saint-Émilion's limestone escarpments.


Characteristics of an Idiosyncratic Vintage

The 2001 vintage emerged from conditions that teased out a unique profile in this second wine of Chateau Ausone. A temperate summer climacteric was revised by an auspicious Indian summer, gracing the grapes with prolonged ripening under the Bordeaux sun. The resulting wine articulates a precision that is more satin than silk—a virtue found nestled within this particular annual offering.


Finesse and Elegance: A Reflection on Terroir and Time

The secondary label of Chateau Ausone does not gallivant as its senior, rather it prances with an assertion imbued with finesse and subtlety. The 2001 Chapelle d'Ausone presents aromatic bouquets rich with black currant, truffle, and a subtle cedar whisper—the palate is finely woven with tannins that have softened elegantly over time, revealing a graceful complexity.

This vintage stands as a distinct chapter in the annals of Chateau Ausone, marked by its poised integration of fruit and earth—a cultivar's poetic expression manifest.


Towards Investment Sophistication

For enthusiasts and investors alike, stepping into the realm of fine wines entails a discerning eye for extraordinary vintages. The 2001 Chapelle d'Ausone offers a unique profile that diverges from its siblings' journeys. As such, this wine embodies a strategic addition to any wine portfolio—one that not only carries prestige but also historical significance from an auspicious year in Bordeaux's timeline.

In reflection, the subtle variances found in each cask tell us about more than mere taste; they speak to Mother Nature's nuances and their crucial influence on our beloved vinous treasures. The 2001 vintage of Chapelle d'Ausone is undeniably one for fine wine investors to consider—an opulent yet astutely nuanced interpretation of Saint-Émilion terroir.

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The surprisingly heady, forward 2001 Chapelle d’Ausone provides a wonderful introduction to Ausone. Its dense plum/purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of blueberries, blackberries, incense, minerals, and Asian spices. Ripe and opulent, it is best drunk over the next 10-12 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2004

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