Chapelle d'Ausone 2009
Tasting Notes Chapelle d'Ausone 2009
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.
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.
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