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Chateau de Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse HDL Saint-Emilion 2018  - First Bottle


100 Falstaff -
Deep dark ruby, opaque core, purple reflections, delicate bright rim. Fine nougat, black berry fruit, delicate spices, candied orange zest, mineral touch. Full-bodied, tight-knit, great complexity, ripe cherries, fresh acid structure, pronounced fruit finish, perfect tannins, lingers for minutes, sweet fruit finish, built for decades, really convincing wine.
99 Decanter -
Nicolas Thienpont has been director here for 10 years now, and the changes that he has brought have had a stunning and important effect, firmly placing this as one of the best estates in the appellation. Everything feels a little deeper and darker than its sibling Pavie Macquin in this vintage: the tannins are a little less pliant and a little more serious. This is clearly going to age well - you can feel the scrape of the limestone, the concentration of the cassis and tight tobacco flavours, the lift of the spices through the finish, and the tannic mass that's undeniable. 2018 saw half the normal yield, down in the mid-20hl/ha, and you can't miss the concentration it lends to the wine. The vines come from the slopes with clay over limestone, and with such natural power allied to these low yields I am sure this will take a full 10 years to become drinkable, but watch it really come into its own in 40 or 50 years!
99 James Suckling -
Aromas of blackcurrant, ripe blackberry, black olive, oyster shell and black tea. Some ash and dried flowers, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, tight-grained tannins. Sleek and compact with a savory, mineral finish. Great length and depth. Wonderful texture. Such precision. Try from 2026.
97 Jeb Dunnuck -
While the 2018 Château Beauséjour (Duffau-Lagarrosse) doesn't match the 2009 or 2016, it's certainly not far off. I wish every reader could taste this beautiful, age-worthy Saint-Emilion, and they should certainly have bottles in the cellar. Coming from a gorgeous hillside terroir of clay and limestone soils outside of Saint-Emilion and a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, it reveals a dense purple hue as well as classic Saint-Emilion minerality in its cassis and blue fruits as well as notes of damp earth, truffle, tobacco, and spring flowers. With full-bodied richness, a concentrated, backward, structured mouthfeel, lots of tannins, and just a brilliant mix of richness and elegance, it needs a good 5-7 years in the cellar and will have 40-50 years of prime drinking.
97 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Beausejour Heritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse comes prancing out of the glass with the most gorgeous perfume of plum preserves, kirsch, redcurrant jelly and red roses, followed by suggestions of molten licorice, raspberry leaves, oolong tea and iron ore, with a waft of forest floor. The medium to full-bodied palate is laden with black and red berry preserves layers, framed by fantastically plush tannins and a seamless backbone, finishing long and earthy. A wine of impeccable poise and polish, it is delicious now, but allow it 3-4 years in bottle to really fan its feathers and drink it over the next 20 years or more.
97 Vinous -
The 2018 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse is a huge wine that is going to need a number of years to come into its own. A wine of unreal concentration and pure power, the 2018 takes over all the senses with its commanding presence. Black cherry, chocolate, licorice, gravel, cured meat and cloves all scream out of the glass. This wild, untamed Saint-Émilion needs cellaring. I imagine it will still be a spectacular wine many decades from now. As was the case from barrel, the typically imposing tannins are nearly buried by the sheer concentration of the fruit.
94-96 Wine Enthusiast -
This is a perfumed wine, with delicious spice, tannins and acidity all coming together well. Its black plum flavor is well integrated with the structure of this fine, fruity wine that has a bright future.
95 Wine Spectator -
A head-turner, with velvety-textured cassis, plum sauce and cherry reduction flavors gliding through with a bit of panache thanks to bittersweet cocoa, black tea and dried anise notes. Chalky minerality extends the finish and leaves a mouthwatering echo. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2024 through 2038.
99 Jeff Leve -
With all the richness, density and concentration required, you also find endless waves of perfectly ripe, black, blue and dark red fruits, crushed rocks, stone, licorice, smoke, flowers and espresso. Here you find, intensity, purity, minerality, silk and velvety tannins and a seamless, 60 second finish that just won't quit. The wine blends is 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc. Only 1,150 cases were produced.

Technical Details

  • BlendMerlot and Cabernet Franc
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux
  • AppellationSaint-Emilion
  • Alcohol14.5%

Chateau de Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse HDL Saint-Emilion 2018

Proprietary Blends  |  France
FS100, JL99, WA97, WS95, WE95

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The complexity in the 2018 is unreal! Freshness, depth, acidity, lush fruit, intense mouthfeel, it really has it all. Only 12 bottles to share!

About the Producer

Château Beauséjour, located in Montagne-Saint-Émillion northeast of Saint-Émillion, was established in 1851. In 2004, Pierre and Patricia Bernault took ownership with the aim to revive the estate's reputation and status as one of the region's top wines. With the support of renowned oenologist Stephane Derenoncourt, they succeeded in their goal. The vines at Château Beauséjour are grown on a hillside facing south-southwest, from outside the Montagne church's bell tower to the Calon mills. The vines are very old, some over 100 years, and the terroir consists of clay and limestone with limited topsoil. No harmful chemicals are used, and yields are kept low for a more traditional winemaking process with minimal extraction to preserve the wine's elegance.