Saint-Emilion GC - 2012
Second Vin de Ausone
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Second Vin de Ausone
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Version Française Assemblage : 60% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2016 

Une part importante de cabernet (60 % de franc, 15 % de sauvignon) dans ce vin au nez parfaitement équilibré entre boisé épicé et fruité frais. Une attaque dense et tonique ouvre sur une bouche à la fois solide et fine, portée par des tanins veloutés et par une très belle fraîcheur qui lui confère un caractère aérien.

Le Figaro Vin, 2013 : 16,5/20

Le second vin d'Ausone est un vin tout en élégance, le fruit est très précis, belle longueur, les tannins sont très fins, toute petite amertume masquée par la pureté du fruit.

English Version Blend: 60% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015: 93/100

One can’t say enough about the amazing job that Alain Vauthier and his daughter have done at this historic property on the decomposed limestone slopes of St.-Emilion. About half of their production goes into the second wine, Chapelle D’Ausone, which gives you an indication of the compulsive perfectionist attitude of the Vauthiers. The 2012 Chapelle D’Ausone has a dense ruby/purple color and is rich, broad and expansive, with notes of plum, blueberry and black raspberry fruit, powdered chalk and flowers. The wine is medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure and long and rich. This is better than many of the vintages of Ausone in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, which says a lot about what Vauthier has achieved. Drink it over the next 20-25 years.
Drink: 2015 - 2040

Neal Martin,, May 2013: 89-91/100

The Chapelle is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon that was picked between 9th and 16th October. It is being matured in 80% new oak. To be honest, I found the level of new oak slightly oppressing the fruit - which is not usual for Chapelle. Perhaps it will meld together with time. The palate is medium-bodied with good fruit intensity, firm tannins, but again, I would have preferred say 60-70% oak to let the fruit speak more. Fine. Tasted April 2013.

Julia Harding MW,, April 2013: 17+/20

A little reduced at the moment. Some sweet oak spice and a touch of char, though that may be reinforced by the reductive smokiness. Dense and chewy but very fresh and pure fruited. Tastes as if there is a touch of Syrah! Fine and compact tannins. Very promising. Mouthwatering finish from both the freshness and the tannins.

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Château Ausone-1er Grand Cru Classé \"A\"-Appellation Saint Emilion Grand Cru
Château Ausone

Within the Saint Emilion appellation, Château Ausone is one of only two wines (the other being Château Cheval Blanc), to be ranked as Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine. The winery is located on the right bank of the Bordeaux wine region in the Gironde department.

Placed on the western edge of 11th century village Saint-Émilion, with elevated vineyards facing south on steep terraces in ideal situation, Ausone takes its name from Decimus Magnus Ausonius (310-395 CE), a statesman and poet from Bordeaux who owned about 100 acres (0.40 km²) of vineyard and it is believed by some that Château Ausone stands upon the foundations of his villa.
For several years, Ausone was jointly owned by the Dubois-Challon and Vauthier families, but after a period of unsettlement, feuding in the courts was brought to an end when the Vauthiers bought the Dubois-Challon shares in the mid 1990s. Alain Vauthier became managing director of Ausone, while Heylette Dubois-Challon won the right to continue to live in the chateau until her death, in 2003.
Michel Rolland was appointed consultant oenologist in 1995. The winery also produces a second wine named Chapelle d'Ausone.
The success of the wine produced at Ausone is attributed to a combination of exposure and the soil, a mixture of sand and clay on limestone unique to the district. The vineyard is 7 hectares (17 acres), arranged with the grape varieties of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot, planted with a density of 6,500 plants per hectare. Due to the small scale of the vineyards, picking may be done at an optimal moment, usually in two afternoons.

Of both the Grand Vin and the second wine - Chapelle d'Ausone - the annual production averages little more than 2,000 cases.

Château de Fonbel [Saint-Emilion Grand Cru] is owned by Alain Vauthier (owners of Château Ausone) and the attention to detail here is to creat a classy and affordable Saint-Emilion, sourced from 20-year-old vines directly below the Ausone vineyards.

Facts & Figures :
Area under vine : 7 Ha
Production : 18000 bouteilles
Soil : Sols argilo-sablo-calcaire
Grape varieties : 55 % Cabernet Franc, 45% de Merlot
Ageing : 18 à 24 mois (100% de barriques neuves)