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History

Rated a Premier Grand Cru Classé since the start of the Saint-Émilion wine classification system, Château Beauséjour hDL, a veritable gem of the Saint-Émilion wine region, has been managed since 1847 by the Duffau Lagarrosse family. Enjoying an exceptional location and a first-rate terroir, the château's vines produce some of France's best wines, famous around the world (best 2009 vintages, rated 100/100 by Parker, etc.). The wines of Saint-Émilion, like the other grands crus of Bordeaux and French wines in general, represent prestigious, luxury products. 

 

Beauséjour is a family-run, wine-making estate jointly managed by Vincent Duffau Lagarrosse and Christophe Redaud, with the support of Nicolas Thienpont and Stéphane Derenoncourt since the 2009 vintage. Beauséjour wines can be purchased directly at the château or by filling out the downloadable order form (shipment and delivery within France, only). You will find exceptional and old vintages for purchase, in regular bottles, magnums and Jeroboams. 

 

The château also offers several vintages of its excellent second wine, Croix de Beauséjour. In addition to our rolling vineyards, we invite you to visit the town of Saint-Émilion, one of the most beautiful villages of France and listed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. An excellent destination for a holiday or professional stay in the Bordeaux region.

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Vineyards

Surrounded by other Premiers Grands Crus Classés, Château Beauséjour hDL is situated on the upper south/southwest-facing hillside of Saint-Émilion. This ideal location allows the vines to benefit from an exposure and slope that are especially favourable to the growing of quality grapes. It optimizes the vineyard's runoff, drainage, aeration and amount of sunshine.


To reach the château proper, one must climb up to the small Saint-Martin Church. There, one discovers a Girondin-style manor house of blond stonework built up against the church on a promontory. Its terrace affords a breathtaking 360° panoramic view encompassing the isthmus of the Dordogne River and the surrounding vineyards and pigeon houses. At night, even the lights of Bordeaux are visible. 

 

Below, a small shady park overlooks the road leading to the town of Libourne. Vestiges of the old wash house can still be seen, but only the very oldest can remember back to the days when this lovely lawn was grazed upon by the horse used to work the vines. 
The property, which once also included the Beau-Séjour Bécot vineyard, today covers 7 hectares. Here, as well, the limestone is riddled with old stone quarries, which serve as natural cellars for the storage of the château's bottles.
 This old manor house, in which each room and object evokes the memory of past generations that toiled to establish Beauséjour as a reference in Saint-Emilion, remains the common link between the various members of the Duffau-Lagarrosse family, extremely attached to the vineyard and to their common history. Their shared desire is to preserve, improve and pass down to their children this so aptly named château.

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Winemaking

Each year, Château Beauséjour hDL takes into consideration the quality of the harvest and adapts its vinification accordingly. A subtle balance between the frequency and intensity of the "pumping-over" process must respect the wine's maceration, which varies in duration, in order to extract the best tannins.



For over thirty years, the Michel Rolland Laboratory has accompanied Château Beauséjour hDL during the vinification of each vintage. The wine is afterwards refined for 16 to 18 months in oak "shook" barrels, then aged in bottles at a constant temperature in limestone quarries.

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 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse . In a tasting of  19 wines 

Dominus Estate 1987 - "One of the best cabernet blends I had for some time. A fabulous bottle. Blackberry, plums, tannins still very present, will easily live for another five years." 97 points

1m 10d ago

 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse . In a tasting of  161 wines 

Bordeaux 2016 vintage!

5m 27d ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse . In a tasting of  75 wines 

In 2016 Pauillac has made some excellent wines and on the top, Mouton has made something very special and might be wine of the vintage competing with Petrus. Lots of estate has made excellent wines from Pauillac this year. Saint-Estephe has also made stunning wines and Cos d'Estournel has made one of the greatest wines I have ever tasted from them. Northern Médoc is far better in 2016 than in 2015, but for me, 2016 on a whole delivers more. 2015 for me eas a bit hyped even if the wines were very good indeed. 2016 probably has the edge over 2011 as well that is seriously undervalued in the market, but will give many some surprises for the future.

6m 4d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

6m 9d ago

 Michael Chan, Wine Blogger (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Krug Clos du Mesnil 2003 / Purchased by Krug over the phone in 1971, the Clos du Mesnil is a 4.5 acre walled plot planted only with Chardonnay grapes. This vintage is marked by extreme hot weathers which made different plots of land yield different maturation levels. As a result, the berry picking span over 2 months than the customary 2 weeks. Aged for 9 years before release, this champagne pours a light straw color, almost like that of a Sauvignon Blanc, with thick legs and very fine beads. A somewhat austere wine, this Blanc de Blanc yields notes of toast, white peaches, citrus oils, Comté, mint, chalk, tobacco smoke, slate and cream desserts on the nose. On the palate, the wine first caresses the tongue with robust masculinity, followed by a string of very fine bubbles and a mineral-forward backbone. Surprisingly for a vintage with very ripe berries, the champagne has vibrant acidity while maintaining an unctuous structure. On the palate, the champagne is dominated by notes of chalk, honeysuckle, leather, smoke, charred oak, brioche and smoked fish. With time, there are even notes of citrus oils. The finish is very long and spins with more smokiness. Although the wine is very young, as shown through the astringency towards the end, it surely shows the promise in years to come. 95p

6m 13d ago

 Mark Beaven , Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse . In a tasting of  19 wines 

Moet Hennesy and Mark Holiday Tasting 

10m 4d ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse . In a tasting of  39 wines 

I was invited to dine at Da Marco’s, where ten locals had congregated with an assortment of fine wines and company. We started with a couple bottles of 1985 Krug, which got the party started, but I didn’t take any notes.


The notes began with a trio of 2005 Niellons, starting with the Clos St. Jean, which was smoky, toasty with lots of rocks, minerals and ‘gaspipe.’ It was round but balanced, lacking a touch of definition (90). The Les Chaumees was simpler and easier, just OK, not as interesting as the Clos St. Jean (87). The Les Vergers had the biggest finish and the most acidity. It was brighter and the most intense of the three (91).

11m 11d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

1y 6m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse . In a tasting of  124 wines 

“Today’s Bordeaux 2013 tasting was very interesting. Margaux and Saint-Julien are performing much better than in the primeur tasting.”

1y 9m ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse . In a tasting of  32 wines 

“This Rousseau Chambertin 1946 is possibly one of the last bottles in existence. Allen found it 'delicious' and called it his 'surprise wine of the year.' Doug found it 'lovely.' It had a unique, nutty nose in a fresh popcorn way, a little gassy but still with nice smoke and earth aromas. The palate was also unique and delicious. Someone noted 'there is real grip here,' and the wine was absolutely rich, creamy and luscious, but 'more Brooklyn than Manhattan,' Rob accurately assessed. That is strictly a New York thing for those of you that might not get it, and it was 100% accurate. A touch dirtier and more rugged, the 1946 may have been more at home in detention than in a school play, but it was still excellent, alive and kicking. Long and with classic, citric tang on its palate and a pinch of what used to be vitamin, the 1946 stirred the pot up when Eric called it a '92 point wine but a 99 point experience.' Allen talked me down a point, but I think I talked him up one back ”

1y 9m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse . In a tasting of  30 wines 

“Château Ausone 2013 /Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black centre. Well structured nose with vibrant fruit, blackcurrants and mulberries, hints of mild spices, vanilla and gingerbread, toasted flavours reminiscent of dark chocolate. On the palate well structured with medium weight and persistant length. Fine fruit in the finish, elegant tannins. 92 points”

2y 6m ago

 Ray Thomsen, Wine Writer (Switzerland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse . In a tasting of  19 wines 


1990 La Tâche, Domaine de la Romanée Conti
This wine is to die for, I clapped enthusiastically in my hands and horned the bottle. Of La Tâche 1990 is created on another planet - the Burgundian star dust, but this was perfect. Summer strawberries, grenadine, campari, and soybeans, pipe tobacco are one of the things written on the nose business card, but the taste is light bloom inculcation of the tongue, indicating greatness. It affects the sensory nerves as horseradish and feels like old-fashioned blockbuster. 99 + points

2y 7m ago

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