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Chateau Beauregard History, Overview
Chateau Beauregard takes its name from the founder of the estate, Bernard Beauregard. The property was created in 1677, making it one of the older estates in the Pomerol appellation.
However, it was likely that most of the estate was not used for producing any wine in those early days. In fact, almost one hundred years later, less that one hectare of vines were planted for the purpose of making wine.
The original chateau, which is one of the few true chateaux in the Pomerol appellation, was seriously damaged in a fire and needed to be rebuilt. That took place in 1745. At the time it was rebuilt, the new chateau was just as grand as many estates in the Left Bank, in size and beauty.
The architect in charge, Victor Leon, was well-known in Bordeaux as he was the designer of the beautiful Grand Theater in Bordeaux. The estate is replete with parkland type landscaping and in the backyard.
Behind the chateau, it resembles a moat and drawbridge. Chateau Beauregard is clearly one of the most picturesque estates in the Pomerol appellation. It was not only the Bordelaise that were enthralled by the design of Chateau Beauregard, the wealthy, American socialite, Florence Guggenheim constructed a replica of it at her estate in Long Island, New York.
By 1854, Chateau Beauregard was a thriving vineyard with close to 14 hectares under vine. In 1935, Chateau Beauregard sold 5 hectares of vines to Antoine Moueix.
In 1991, Chateau Beauregard passed from family ownership when it was sold to Credit Foncier Bank. In July, 2014, Chateau Beauregard was sold to a partnership between the Moulin Family, the owners of the large, French chain of Galerie Lafayette stores and the Cathiard Family, the owners of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte and Chateau Bastor Lamontagne in Sauternes.
Chateau Beauregard Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 17.5 hectare, Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Beauregard is planted to 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. This represents a change in the vineyard. Previously, 8% of the vineyard was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. There was also a portion of Malbec vines planted that has been removed as well.
Those vines have all been replaced. It is the goal of Chateau Beauregard to keep changing the makeup of the vineyard until they reach up to 40% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is divided into 34 parcels.
Their best terroir is located in the parcels to the north, where you find more gravel and clay, with less sand. This is where you find much of their Merlot. The further south you go in the vineyards, you encounter more sand.
You can divide the vineyards into 2 main parts. They have 9 hectares of vines devoted to the first wine, as those vines are on their plateau. The remaining 8 hectares are on flatter soil and are used for the second wine.
The vineyard is planted to a very high density of vines for Pomerol, with 9,250 vines per hectare. On average, the vines are close to 35 years of age. All the work in the vineyards is done using only 100%, organic farming techniques.
To produce the wine of Chateau Beauregard, vinification takes place in 20, temperature controlled, violin shaped, cement vats that vary in size. These cement vats replaced their previous line of stainless steel tanks.
This number of different sized vats allows for parcel by parcel vinification. Interestingly, some parcels with both grape varieties are co-fermented, while other parcels are blended at a later date.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak barrels. The wine is aged in an average of 65% new, French oak barrels for between 18 to 24 months. There is a second wine, Le Benjamin de Beauregard. The production of Chateau Beauregard is close to 5,000 cases of wine per year. There another wine produced at the estate, which comes from 12 hectares of vines planted in the Lalande de Pomerol appellation, Pavillon Beauregard.
When to Drink Chateau Beauregard, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Beauregard can be enjoyed on the young side with an hour or two of decanting. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
However, I find the wine is usually better with 4-6 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. In the best years, the wine will best between 5 and 12 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Beauregard with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Beauregard is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Beauregard is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.
Chateau Beauregard is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Chateau Beauregard is a lighter, traditional style of Pomerol that focuses on red fruits and is best enjoyed in its youth. However, this could change under the direction of the new ownership.
Château Beauregard Wine Tasting Notes
13 Vintages 35,878 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2017||Château Beauregard (Pomerol)|
With plums and chocolate on the nose, this medium-bodied wine is headfirst, lithe, smooth and fresh. Medium-bodied and open, the focus is on its sweet red fruits, soft tannins and forward nature.
1,424 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Beauregard (Pomerol)|
With a nose that offers a field of spring flowers, gently ripened plums and wet earth, the wine is fresh with round tannins, medium/full body and a black cherry core of fruits on the palate and in the finish.
1,257 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Beauregard (Pomerol)|
Medium-bodied, with a nose that offers earthy plums right off the bat. On the palate wine is soft, fresh and serves up its plummy fruits with ease.
1,701 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Medium-bodied, with sweet, plums and wet earth at its core, the wine is soft, forward and offers a cherry and herb filled finish on the back end.
1,487 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
Blending 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, this wine releases the sweet perfume of plum and cocoa on the nose. Medium-bodied, seducing you with a fresh, plum character and soft tannins, but the herbal streak in the finish stands out. Clearly, the wine has improved under the new owners direction and I expect it to continue getting better over the next several vintages. But it has further to go. 88-90 Pts
1,599 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2016
|2014||Château Beauregard (Pomerol)|
Medium bodied, easy drinking, fresh, bright, red berry oriented wine, which is more interesting on the earthy, floral, red plum nose than on the palate The wine provides an open, light, crisp, piquant, cherry and herb finish.
1,838 Views Tasted Feb 4, 2017
Medium-bodied with fresh black raspberries and a hint of oak, this wine finishes with an open cherry softness. This is the first vintage produced by Fabienne Teitgen from Smith Haut Lafitte. It will be interesting to see what Teitgen can produce in a more cooperative year. 87-89 Pts
1,183 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015
|2013||Château Beauregard (Pomerol)|
Light, crisp red fruits with a bit of earth and herbs in an early drinking style.
1,386 Views Tasted Feb 9, 2016
With bright, spicy, sweet and tart notes, this wine is light and filled with red cherry character—perfect for drinking within its first few years. 83-85 Pts
929 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2014
|2012||Château Beauregard (Pomerol)|
Easy drinking, uncomplicated Pomerol with a focus on red and black plum, earth and cocoa notes, that finishes with fresh, red cherries.
3,035 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2015
|2011||Château Beauregard (Pomerol)|
No faults, no chills, but no thrills are found in this bright, cherry dominated, simple and soft wine. Drink this on the young side as it will not improve with age.
1,384 Views Tasted Feb 16, 2014
|2010||Château Beauregard (Pomerol)|
Surprisingly good, with soft, round textures and plenty of fresh, ripe plums, black cherry, dark chocolate and espresso. Drink this medium bodied, plush wine now, or age it a few years for more complexity. For Pomerol, where everything is expensive, this offers good value.
4,082 Views Tasted Mar 19, 2014
|2009||Château Beauregard (Pomerol)|
Easy to drink, forward, medium bodied and built to consumed in its first decade of life, (give or take,) the wine offers licorice, earth, black raspberry and coffee bean characteristics. This was produced from a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.
3,276 Views Tasted Feb 10, 2014
|2008||Château Beauregard (Pomerol)|
Plummy, fresh and spicy, the wine is medium bodied, with softening tannins, vibrancy and, juicy, red plums with hints of wet earth and cocoa in the finish.
2,093 Views Tasted Dec 10, 2017
|2005||Château Beauregard (Pomerol)|
Medium bodied, with a spicy, red berry and earthy profile, that is a bit on the firm, austere side of the style range for Pomerol.
4,598 Views Tasted Mar 14, 2014
|2001||Château Beauregard (Pomerol)|
Pleasant, easy drinking, fully mature, earthy, plummy Pomerol with round textures and soft, red fruit in the medium-bodied finish. This is not a wine to hold for further development.
1,501 Views Tasted Dec 10, 2018
|2000||Château Beauregard (Pomerol)|
Fully mature, with a ruby hue, the wine offers plums, wet earth and thyme on the nose. The tannins are a bit firm, with some rustic textures that take away from the otherwise, charming, spiced plum finish.
3,105 Views Tasted Nov 28, 2016