A dark, brooding wine, the 2015 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse may need twenty years to start drinking well. Today, the 2015 is imposing, with massive concentration and fabulous persistence, all supported by a vertical spine of tannin that is impossible to miss. Hints of graphite, smoke and licorice struggle to emerge from a huge wall of fruit and tannin. This is another wine that will require considerable patience. The 2015 is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, brought in between September 25 and October 12 and aged in 60% new oak. Tasted two times.Score : 95-98/100
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
I tasted this at Château Pavie-Macquin with Nicolas Thienpont and David Suire, who have been running the show at Beauséjour since 2009. The blend is 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc. The Merlot was picked on September 25th, after the rains, and on October 1st, 2nd and 5th, before the October rain arrived. The Cabernet Franc was picked October 5th and 12th. The yield was 34 hl/ha, with 79% of the crop directed into the grand vin. A very dark and perfumed wine, fresh, with plush black cherry fruit, rich but very pure and defined. The palate shows a similarly pure but intense and polished substance, with a little honeyed beeswax from the oak, intertwined with the plush black cherry fruit matching the nose, and a desiccated blackcurrant sweetness. I also get a little of the curranty, gritty concentration of the vintage I have found in many of the wines here. Pure, but also showing beautiful texture, with a notable vanilla flower and white peach freshness. The tannins feel very elegant, ripe but integrated, the structure not overdone, the wine carrying a real grip and energy to it, but it only really shows at the finish despite the charming fruit character. Surely the best Beauséjour I have tasted in recent years.Score : 17-18/20
Chris Kissack, The Wine doctor
Beausejour-Duffau's 7 hectares of vineyards are planted with Merlot (70%), Cabernet Franc (20%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel and concrete vats and the wine is aged in barriques (50% new) for 18 months. It is bottled unfiltered.
Under the brilliant management of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt quality has soared. The estate consistently produces complex St-Emilion wines which are intense, powerful, full-bodied and redolent of black fruits, spices and minerals. It shows at its best with at least 6-7 years of bottle age.
The 2015 Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) is a blend of 90% Merlot picked between 25 September and 5 October, 10% Cabernet Franc picked on 5 and 12 October. It was cropped at 34 hl/ha. It has a very intense, quite opulent bouquet, just like the 2015 Pavie-Macquin from barrel, with fig-tinged red cherry fruit, hints of kirsch and glycerin. The palate likewise shows more refinement and class, the tannins fine and the acidity well judged. It has a fresh finish, though it just needs to muster a touch more tension and sense of energy right on the finish. Let's see what happens during its élevage, because it has the materials to turn into a very fine Saint Emilion.