2009 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) St. Émilion Grand Cru Wine Tasting Note

2009 Château Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse)  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 100

The intensity on the nose is instantly noticeable. The strong aromas of juicy plums, crushed stone, flowers, oceanic nuances and herbs pop right in front of you. The fireworks however is on the palate. The wine is incredibly concentrated, full-bodied, rich, flamboyant and sexy. The fruit is energetic, pure, velvety, long and intense. The wine fills your palate with sweet fruits and doesn't want to leave, which is a good thing as you don't want it to stop! 2009 marks the initial vintage for the team of Nicolas Thienpont, where they were in charge of everything from start to finish.

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Deep, dark ruby with some purple accents, explosion of spice, earth, stone, incense, black cherry liqueur, floral and plum aromas. Powerful, rich, dense and concentrated with silk and velvet layered fruit, the wine build in the mouth and remains on your palate for 60 seconds. The scary thing to consider is, 2010 is even better and 2011 is not that far behind!

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An explosive perfume filled with flowers, fennel, crushed stone, chocolate and ripe black plums grabs your attention. Fat, sexy, juicy, silky and erotic textures couple with the luscious mouth coating layers of intense, ripe black fruits and sweet black cherry jam that last for over forty seconds. The wine was bottled, May 15.

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2009 Beausejour Duffau is no longer a one hit wonder. 1990 was the last time this stunning terroir produced a must have wine, but the 2009 is the real deal. Thanks to the assistance of St. Emilion’s dynamic duo, Stephane Derenoncourt and Nicholas Thienpont, things have officially turned around at Beausejour Duffau. Inky colored, with intense flavors of minerals, licorice, and jammy dark fruits, this wine stains your palate. Decadently textured, with freshness and length, this serious wine ends with licorice, chocolate covered black cherries, and plums. One of the top wines from St. Emilion in 2009. 96-98 Pts

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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.