2013 Chapelle d'Ausone
By Chateau Ausone
2013 Chapelle d'Ausone from Château Ausone, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux
In the pantheon of Saint-Émilion's hallowed grounds, the 2013 Chapelle d'Ausone from Château Ausone stands as a testament to resilience and artistry in a challenging vintage. This wine narrates a story of climatic trials – a wet start to spring followed by a cool summer, culminating in a harvest that coaxed the finest from its grapes beneath the watchful eye of autumn's rays.
A Year of Patience and Precision
The harvest of 2013 was one of precision timing: a test for vigneron patience and precise viticulture. Despite the year's demands, Château Ausone meticulously sculpted 'the second' - the Chapelle d'Ausone - with such a deft touch that it has emerged resplendent, a vinous gem that both acknowledges and transcends its vintage conditions.
An Investment-worthy Vintage
For connoisseurs and collectors, the 2013 Chapelle d'Ausone presents an alluring proposal. While some Bordelais vintners grappled with nature's whims, the alchemy at Château Ausone transformed adversity into opportunity, producing a wine whose rarity garners attention for astute investment. It reflects not only a knowledge of terroir but mastery over it.
This particular vintage marries restraint with complexity: It's a carefully strung symphony rather than a powerful orchestra. There is elegance here, with structured tannins dressing finely layered notes of dark cherry, subtle tobacco, and hints of wet stone minerality which gracefully attest to its pedigree – and promise longevity.
The temperate expression of the 2013 Chapelle d'Ausone thus becomes an intriguing focal point for investors looking beyond the immediate opulence of more flamboyant years. It exhibits a potential that will unfurl with time in the cellar, promising enriching returns both on the palate and in terms of wine investment.
Endeavouring into the nuanced realm of vintages such as 2013 heightens one's appreciation for winemaking acumen. This Chapelle d'Ausone is a discerning selection for those seeking to spice up their portfolios with a wine that tells a venerable tale - one where its harmonious composition eloquently counterpoints its birth year's challenges.
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Scores and tasting notes
Even Ausone's second wine is special in this mediocre Bordeaux vintage. The ripe 2013 La Chapelle d'Ausone offers hints of violets and crushed rocks as well as a soft, silky richness, medium body and loads of fruit. This successful St.-Emilion may turn out to be outstanding. It should drink well for 10-15 years.
Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #214 Aug 2014
Even Ausone’s second wine is special in this mediocre Bordeaux vintage. The ripe 2013 La Chapelle d’Ausone offers hints of violets and crushed rocks as well as a soft, silky richness, medium body and loads of fruit. This successful St.-Emilion may turn out to be outstanding. It should drink well for 10-15 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 27 August 2014