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La Chapelle D'Ausone 2015 (750ML)
94 Points, LPB, Wine Advocate: "A second label produced mainly from the younger vines at ChÃ¢teau Ausone, the 2015 Chapelle d'Ausone is a blend of 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French oak barrels, 85% new, for 20 months. Deep garnet-purple in color, it appears broody to begin, offering glimpses at black berry preserves and crÃ¨me de cassis notions with nuances of cigar box, Chinese five spice, menthol and chocolate box. Full-bodied, firm and grainy with a taut structure and packed with youthful, muscular fruit, it finishes on a compelling mineral note. 2022 - 2040"
94 Points, Neal Martin: "The 2015 Chapelle d'Ausone is still a little introspective, just as it showed en primeur, when usually this races out of the blocks. This is more bashful with blackberry, pencil lead and subtle woodland aromas all nicely defined but holding themselves back. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent, fleshy, ripe tannin. Here the deuxiÃ¨me vin is much more expressive, velvety in texture thanks to the polished tannins and perfectly judged acidity. There is such purity and precision on the finish here that you are immediately hankering for the next sip. This surpasses my expectations. Anticipated maturity: 2021 - 2045."
"90-93+ Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: ""The 2015 Chapelle d'Ausone is a fabulous second wine. Lavender, mint, violet, smoke, licorice and blueberry notes grace the palate. An exquisite, understated wine, the Chapelle is all finesse today. The sweetness and ripeness of the year are evident, yet the 2015 retains striking focus throughout. Fine, silky tannins wrap around the inviting finish. What a gorgeous wine this is. The Chapelle is 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Merlot was brought in between September 29 and October 2, while the Franc came in between October 8 and 10 and the Cabernet Sauvignon was picked on October 15."" 4/16"
94 Points, James Suckling: "Gorgeous perfumes of lavender, roses, currants, blackberries and violets follow through to a full body, and soft and round, beautifully textured tannins. Alluring and inviting to drink now. Beautiful length. Very open and savory for the second wine of Ausone." 2/18
95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: "Starting with the second wine of Ausone, the 2015 Chapelle d'Ausone checks in as roughly 45% each of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon. It's a screaming good wine offering notes of black raspberries, licorice, smoked earth, and exotic flowers. With fabulous opulence, full-bodied richness, ripe tannin, and a stacked mid-palate, it's a serious wine that will benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for two decades. 2020 - 2040"