Beauséjour Duffau, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 1500ml 2005France, Bordeaux
Château Beauséjour has belonged to the Duffau-Lagarrosse family since 1847 and now continues with the eighth-generation Duffau-Lagarrosse heirs. The 6.75 hectare property produces predominantly Merlot grapes from mature vines. The château credits their soil as one of the secrets in producing their wines. In 1990, an unintentional late harvest produced the legendary Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse 1990 vintage which was awarded a 100 point score from Robert Parker. After these remarkable results, the château has followed the same practices and only harvests when they feel is the optimal time.
‘While no one will confuse the 2005 with this estate’s prodigious 1990, it is an outstanding effort from one of St.-Emilion’s finest terroirs. In terms of potential, the vineyard is exceeded only by Ausone, Pavie and Belair for micro-climate and exposition. A beautiful dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by an ethereal nose of blueberry liqueur, spring flowers, melted licorice, raspberries, and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied with good acidity, sweet but high tannin, a broad mouthfeel, and admirable elegance as well as freshness, this beauty should age easily for 25+ years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035.’ – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 91/100
'Tasted blind. Bright healthy crimson. Very creamy, flattering nose with good integration already. Very 2005 in terms of tannic charge. The fruit is not as intense as in some examples. But it’s a very classic style.' – Jancis Robinson, 16.5/20
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