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La Chapelle d’Ausone 2009

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Château Ausone is named after the Roman poet Ausonius who owned over 100 acres of vineyard around Saint-Émilion. It is perched on the hillside in the southern outskirts of the village of Saint-Émilion.

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Château Ausone is named after the Roman poet Ausonius who owned over 100 acres of vineyard around Saint-Émilion. It is perched on the hillside in the southern outskirts of the village of Saint-Émilion.

Ausone has only 7.3 hectares of vines and its vineyards (Merlot 50%, Cabernet Franc 50%) flourish on a steep, south-east-facing slope, protecting them from cold north winds and westerly rain. Those vines at the top of the slope thrive on limestone (the `St-Émilion plateau') whilst those further down benefit from a clay/loam topsoil (the 'Côtes').

Ausone struggled during the 1950s and 1960s, but with the hiring of new régisseur Pascal Delbeck in 1976, the estate returned to producing wines worthy of its outstanding historic reputation. Recently Ausone has been at the very peak of its form and with the ubiquitous Michel Rolland now acting as consultant, it is now producing ultra-rich, lush, exotically fruity wines that require a minimum 10 years of bottle ageing.

James Suckling
James Suckling
96 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.
Robert Parker
Robert Parker
92 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 colour 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. Drink: 2012 - 2032.
Name La Chapelle d’Ausone
Vintage 2009
Type Rouge / Red
Appellation Saint-Emilion
Classification 2nd Wine
Grape Varieties Merlot; Cabernet Franc
Format 750ml
Average Age of Vines 20 years
Production  
Soil Clay over asteria limestone
Winemaking Hand picked. Fermentation in wooden vats followed by 3 weeks' maceration. Malolactic fermentation in oak barrels.
Ageing 18 months in oak barrels (50% new)
Website  
Food Pairings Duck; Game Animals; Beef
Occasions Romantic Dinner; Celebrations; Business Dinner; Anniversary
When to Drink Enjoy over the next 20 Years