2013 Ausone, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. Although not the most powerful Ausone, this is still a serious wine, with ripe tannins and dark berry and plum fruits. It is structured, showing new wood characteristics and dense tannins, with freshness on the finish. At only 9,000 bottles, this is the smallest vintage production ever for this estate.
A balance red for the vintage with a solid core of fruit and dense palate. Silky tannins and stylish character. Full body, with a outstanding intensity and finesse for the vintage. Hazelnut and minerals. Half the normal production.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(60% cabernet franc, 25% merlot and 15% cabernet sauvignon): Dark ruby-red. Wonderfully pure strawberry and floral aromas are complicated by hints of white pepper, coffee bean and gunflint. Very clean, vibrant flavors of steely red berries linger nicely on the bright, suave finish. As usual, Chapelle d'Ausone is one of the best second wines of the vintage; in fact, this is better than many grands vins in 2013.