Chateau Ausone   Chapelle dAusone

2009 Chapelle d'Ausone

By Chateau Ausone

2009 Chapelle d'Ausone from Chateau Ausone, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

The 2009 vintage from Bordeaux stands among the stars, a celestial event whose luminosity casts a lengthy shadow across preceding years. Within this firmament, one discovers the 2009 Chapelle d'Ausone from the exalted Chateau Ausone, a wine whose birthright is entwined with the legendary limestone slopes of Saint-Émilion.


Vintage Virtuosity: A Matter of Pedigree and Provenance

Bordeaux’s 2009 vintage was shaped by fortuitous climatic serendipity, delivering opulence tempered with vigor. The year was marked by a seamless succession of fine weather - a balmy spring followed by a dry yet moderate summer, culminating in an idyllic harvest. Under these conditions, the 2009 Chapelle d'Ausone found its voice: articulate, expressive, and deeply rooted in its terroir.


Eloquent Evolution: The Sensory Panorama of 2009 Chapelle d'Ausone

Decade-long development has brought forth an exquisite eloquence in the 2009 Chapelle d'Ausone. In its youth, it was lauded for the juxtaposition of power and poise; now maturity confers upon it nuances only hinted at inception. A once-vibrant fruit core has developed into a cornucopia of plump blackberry compote, seasoned with hints of morello cherry and an ephemeral touch of violet pastilles. The tapestry it weaves on the palate is one of rich complexity—a silken layering of smoky cedar and subtle truffle tones over an ever-present minerality.

Perhaps most intriguing for fine wine investors is the consummate balance this wine exhibits—a tightrope walk between Extract and elegance, flamboyance and structure; it resonates deeply with those who seek longevity in their cellars as well as allure in their glasses.


A Tapestry Woven from Time: The Investment Appeal

In summary, this expression is not simply a reflection of a remarkable year but the epitome of it—its signature embossed by Chateau Ausone's age-old vintner wisdom. A collector's piece indeed, it offers both sensory satisfaction and the promise of incremental fascination with each passing year—an investment that ripens in dimension as seamlessly as the wine itself mellows within the bottle. The 2009 Chapelle d'Ausone stands as an emblematic representation of its vintage, holding within its depths the potential for profound delight and appreciable returns.

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This is always made with the young vines. Full-bodied, with super velvety tannins and gorgeous mineral, dark berry and spice character. Lovely velvet texture. Amazing quality for a second wine. Best in 2017.

James Suckling -, February 14th 2012


Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Chapelle d'Ausone '09 has a very powerful, very alcoholic bouquet that is heady and is lacking the finesse of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannins. Quite beefy and structured

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2013


Representing nearly half of the production, this estate’s second wine, the 2009 La Chapelle d’Ausone, is an extraordinary effort. Better than many of the grand vins made during the 1970s and 1980s, it is an equal part blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc revealing an inky/blue/purple color along with notes of incense, blueberries, raspberries and crushed rocks (which give the wine a distinctive minerality). Medium to full-bodied as well as exceptionally pure, broad and opulent, it should drink well for two decades or more.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 December 2011

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