93-95 Point - Robert Parker
Representing nearly half of the production, this estate’s second wine, the 2009 La Chapelle d’Ausone, is an extraordinary effort. Better than many of the grand vins made during the 1970s and 1980s, it is an equal part blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc revealing an inky/blue/purple color along with notes of incense, blueberries, raspberries and crushed rocks (which give the wine a distinctive minerality). Medium to full-bodied as well as exceptionally pure, broad and opulent, it should drink well for two decades or more.
Robert Parker on Feb 1st, 2012
Château Ausone is arguably one of the most famous producers in Bordeaux despite its small size. In the mid-nineties the property was taken over by the Vauthier family, with Alain Vauthier taking over as managing director. Michelle Rolland has been consultant oenologist since 1995 and the proof of this fantastic team’s efforts is shown in the tasting. Since the late 1990s, this renowned château has consistently produced fabulous wines. Robert Parker scored both the 2003 and 2005 vintages perfect scores of 100 Points and many other vintages since have been awarded 98 or 98+ points. Château Ausone makes a second wine, Chapelle d'Ausone which also score highly from Parker who says ‘The fact that this second wine is so remarkable tells readers just how stupendous the grand vin must be.’
Alain, his daughter Pauline and brilliant winemaker Phillipe Baillarguest are putting as much effort into producing the best Château Moulin Saint-Georges as they are with Château Ausone itself. Moulin Saint-Georges is produced in the same way; super-strict fruit selection and the wine is matured in 100% new French barriques from anywhere between 18 to 20 months. This is a truly fabulous property and Château Moulin Saint-Georges is just as world-class in our opinion...
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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