La Chapelle d'Ausone 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores

92–94

Michael Schuster

(60% CF, 35% M, 5% CF; 33% harvest)
Fresh black-cherry and limestone-mineral, with a touch of new-wood vanilla, fine and subtle; rich, fullish, fresh, finely tannic; freshly sweet to taste, deep, racy, and refined, a most toothsome combination of juiciness, finesse, transparency, and freshness, with a delicate limestone minerality and gently aromatic length; the slightly dry presence of wood tannins appears on the finish, covered by the flesh up to that point, though this will doubtless be absorbed in due course. A very similar quality level to the
La Clotte, with perhaps a touch more “raciness.” 2030–50+.

16.5+

Jancis Robinson

60% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cask sample.
Definitely more Cabernet-orientated these days providing a structured, driven feel to the palate. Aromatically reserved but lithe fruit and firm but fine tannins. Great persistence on the finish. Should fill out in time. (JL)

94

Decanter

Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)

This has a beautifully nuanced yet deep flavour, showing the tight pared-back salinity and juice of limestone alongside fleshy blackberry fruits. There are firm but flexible tannins, it has grip and tension and frankly all the things that you want from a Chapelle, giving a generous hint of what you can expect from Ausone itself. First year of official conversion to organic farming. 3.66pH. 100% new oak.

Drinking Window 2026 - 2040