2008 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) St. Émilion Grand Cru Wine Tasting Note

2008 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse)  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

The is the debut vintage for the team of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt at the property. They were not involved in the picking, but they were responsible for aging and blending the wine. Now, you pick up floral notes with smoke, plums cherries, and truffle. Medium-bodied, fresh, vibrant and showing sweet, clean, slightly crisp red fruits in the finish, you can drink this now, or age it for a few more years to allow for additional nuances.

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Close to fully mature, there is secondary aromatic development, softness and earthy, spicy, mineral driven fruits, with sweetness and character, but the fruits begin fading quite early in finish. There is no real hurry to drink this, but no reason to age it any longer either.

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Tannic, firm, fresh, tight and not in the mood for current drinking, this blend of 70% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon has potential. But you're going to need to wait for its mineral driven personality to shine through.

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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.