2002 Chapelle d'Ausone
By Chateau Ausone
2002 Chapelle d'Ausone, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France
As a composant of Chateau Ausone's rich tapestry, the 2002 Chapelle d'Ausone stands as a testament to the adaptability and resilience of the Saint-Émilion terroir. In a vintage that proved challenging across Bordeaux, this wine emerges not merely as a survivor but as an emblem of elegance under duress.
Vintage Virtuosity: The Character of 2002
The year 2002 was marked by variable weather that demanded expert vineyard stewardship. This variation underscores the triumph seen in the 2002 Chapelle d'Ausone; it illustrates that even in less-celebrated vintages, diligent management and deep understanding of the vineyards can yield remarkable results. Here we have an extraordinary opportunity for wine investors to explore a vintage that may not have received widespread acclaim but nonetheless showcases the formidable prowess of Chateau Ausone.
Investing in Complexity and Elegance
The resilience of the 2002 vintage manifests in the bottle with a complex bouquet hinting at truffle, tobacco and dark stone fruits. A wine that has reached its stride magnificently, it offers investors not only maturity but also a taste profile that is distinctively reflective of its challenging growing season. It is medium-bodied with supple tannins, suggesting that the astute viticulture and winemaking approaches at Chateau Ausone enable their secondary label to shine even when nature proves contrary.
In summation, the 2002 Chapelle d'Ausone presents a unique opportunity for connoisseurs and investors alike—an expression wrought from adversity encapsulating a blend of tradition and adaptability. As it now stands at an optimal point for appreciation, this Saint-Émilion treasure can ornament not just a cellar but also an investment portfolio with finesse.
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Scores and tasting notes
A dense ruby/purple color, floral, blueberry, and blackberry notes, and superb fruit, purity, and richness characterize this supple-textured, delicious second wine. Enjoy it over the next 12-15 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 April 2005