Wonderful aromas of dried berry and light black truffle. Full body, intense tannins and a long, flavorful finish. This shows backbone and depth.
This complex wine has rich tannins and layers of new wood atop dark black berries. At the same time, it is rounding out well, offering spice, sweet acidity and a terse freshness that is infectious. It's a very fruity wine for the medium term. Drink from 2017. (RV)
The beautiful second wine is Alain Vauthier’s 2011 La Chapelle d’Ausone. It possesses a dense ruby/purple color along with the nobility, class, finesse, precision, purity and copious blue and black fruits intermixed with a floral component, good minerality, and a medium-bodied, intense, rich personality. Never heavy or over-bearing, this is a beauty. As I have written many times in the past, the Vauthiers are making a “second wine” that is greater than many of the outstanding wines produced at this estate in the 20th century. This wine should drink well for 15 or more years. (RP)
Deep dark ruby. Smoky blackberry, violet, peony and lavender on the aromatic nose. Pure and silky on entry, then creamy and ripe in the middle, with a hint of flinty minerals adding complexity to the dark berry and floral flavors. Finishes with utterly suave tannins and powerful, slowly mounting fruit. An outstanding showing, but I dare say that's par for the course with Chapelle d'Ausone. Pauline Vauthier told me that they don't consider Chapelle to be merely Ausone's second wine anymore, and she'll get no argument from me. (ID)
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