2016 Chapelle d'Ausone
By Chateau Ausone
2016 Chapelle d'Ausone, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France
It is with great anticipation that one uncorks a bottle of the 2016 Chapelle d'Ausone from Château Ausone, an expression whose roots are firmly planted in the exceptional terroir of Saint-Émilion. The vintage's allure is further intensified by the proficient hands that craft this stellar wine, offering investors an intriguing proposition for their portfolios.
An Exquisite Second Wine Experience
The 2016 vintage emerges as a year that defied initial apprehensions, producing wines of spectacular balance and profound complexity. In this favourable constellation of climatic conditions, the 2016 Chapelle d'Ausone articulates its compelling narrative, underlined by the distinctive characteristics which set it apart in magnitude and grace.
Presenting an ensemble cast of primarily Merlot with supporting roles by Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 vintage from this illustrious Saint-Émilion chateau articulates a symphony of aromatic excellence. Delicate whispers of blackberry compote and cherries interlace with undertones of violet and subtle notes of wet slate. A meticulous barrel regime bestows upon it a backbone of finely grained tannins – a testament to the wine's impeccable structure.
A Vintage Singularity: The Twine of Elegance and Tenacity
The palate reverberates with the echoes of dark fruit nuances, deftly integrated oak influences, and a mineral streak that brings a poised acidity. These elements bind together to form a wine with both opulence and agility. The lasting finish suggests that while the 2016 Chapelle d'Ausone seduces currently, it also wields the fabric of longevity, promising rewards for those patient enough to extend their investment in time.
Whilst some might linger over other celebrated vintages within Bordeaux's vast tapestry, the 2016 offers a siren call that beckons astute connoisseurs. It speaks directly to those attuned to the delicacies of an evolving wine landscape, where each year brings its unique chapter to the tale.
For those seeking to augment their fine wine collection, engaging with this discerning vintage promises not only an olfactory and gustatory delight but also an alluring prospect from an investment stance. The 2016 Chapelle d'Ausone stands as one of the prime examples of Bordeaux's remarkable capacity to unite the dots between pleasure and prudence.
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Scores and tasting notes
A firm and silky red with lovely plum and berry character plus hints of wet earth and rose petals. Medium-bodied, very fine and wonderfully juicy. Another wine with finesse and length.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 4th 2017
A blend of 56% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Chapelle d'Ausone sings of black raspberries, kirsch and plum preserves with hints of unsmoked cigars, pencil lead, lavender and chocolate box plus a waft of garrigue. Medium-bodied and fantastically elegant in the mouth, the red and black fruit layers are beautifully framed by firm yet fine-grained tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and minerally.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 30 November 2018
Very deep crimson. Round and polished. Very grown up and glossy. Lots of drive and ripe fruit. Long and luscious. Difficult to see what is wrong with this. Except it's a little dry on the end.
Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com