2005 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) St. Émilion Grand Cru Wine Tasting Note

2005 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse)  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Getting close to ready, you find tobacco, olives, red fruits and crushed stones without effort. There is a strong salty character to the tannins, and freshness in the juicy, red plum finish. The tannins are still noticeable, so give this another 3-5 years before pulling a cork.

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Earthy, spicy, truffle and black plummy nose. The wine is fresh, soft, medium bodied and drinks well. But it clearly lacks the wealth of fruit and sensuous textures found in the wine since 2009.

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Deep in color, with a powerful nose of licorice, minerality, chocolate, blackberry liqueur and black berries, this lush, opulent, fresh wine offers supple textures, freshness, balance and harmony. The ends with a sweet, ripe, black fruit and fennel filled finish. Still young, give it another 4-5 years.

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Beausejour stone Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Beausejour Duffau is much better with at least 12-15 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours, or more.

This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Beausejour Duffau offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 12-40 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Beausejour Duffau with Wine, Food and Pairing Tips

Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

The best vintages of Chateau Beausejour Duffau are: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 1990. Although I suspect great wines were produced here at various times before the 1960's. But sadly, I have never seen a bottle.

The style of wine at Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse in the best vintages is unique. It's thick, rich, vibrant and intense with an exotic quality, minerality, silky tannins and opulent, if not decadent textures.

On average, the production of Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse is close to 1,200 cases per vintage. However, there was less wine made in both 2009 and 2010.

In those years, perhaps the production was closer to 800 cases, making the wine difficult to find. There is a second wine, Croix de Beausejour. However, Croix de Beausejour is not produced in every vintage.