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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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 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse . In a tasting of  60 wines 

BORDEAUX 2022 / TOP 60 WINES / Château Angelus 2022 Ruby. Blackberries, anise, dark fruits, a gentler and dare I say more feminine nose, floral notes from a summers breeze, nuanced, you have to look for all the details, they do not come jumping out at you. 
Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, superb texture, such finesse and details, bright, energetic, layered, pH 3,65, smooth and velvety, it comes back at you in waves, long finish. Layered, detailed and nuanced. Not the easiest to read, it seems light yet it has enough effortless concentration to hide 14,5% alcohol completely. The gentle giant. 


 

24d 20h ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse . In a tasting of  87 wines 

BORDEAUX 2022 VINTAGE - TOP 80 Wines. It was an advantage that 2021 was a wet year so there was a base for this 2022, says Thienpont. Excellent nose with fragrant fruit, blackberries, cerise noir, raspberries, red forest berries and fine floral hints of violets backed by subtle oak, discreet toasting and gingerbread spices. On the palate delicious tannins with silky texture, sweet fruit quoting the nose, great precision and sophistication. An exceptional VCC very close to perfection, with excellent freshness, class and an almost never ending finish. 

26d 21h ago

 Tastingbook AI /Artificial Intelligence, Wine Writer  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse . In a tasting of  100 wines 

Tastingbook.com has rated Bordeaux’s 100 best-known wines from 2022 vintage without tasting them. The points are formed by the tastingbook AI which takes into account the wine ratings of the world's 50 best-known wine Critics, wine ratings by thousands of tastingbook's professionals from the last 52 Bordeaux vintages (1980-2021), also taking into account the climatic conditions of those vintages, the quality and the reputation of the producers and their ability to produce wines in vintages similar to 2022. As a new element, regional weather information collected from satellites over the past 12 years has now been included.
 
Based on tastingbook’s more than 70,000 wine reviews and other statistics generated during the last 51 Bordeaux vintages, the tastingbook’s artificial intelligence predicted the score for the 2022 Bordeaux wines, like it did successfully for the 2020 and 2021 vintages. The score now given is the one to which the wines of the mentioned wineries should be able to achieve according to this prediction.

3m 6d ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Domaine de Chevalier 2021- 80% C. Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% C. Franc and 5% P. Verdot. It's the first vintage with that much C. Sauvignon in the blend. 13% alcohol. Intense black- and redcurrants, crushed rocks, coffee beans, cigar box, graphite, fresh, fine structure and complexity. Persistent aftertaste. Splendid effort for the vintage. 94-95p.

10m 26d ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse . In a tasting of  21 wines 

2021 Château Ausone / Ruby. Scented, delicate, nuanced, bright, layered, floral and intense nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, blackberries, silky smooth, velvet, detailed, elegant and refined, the texture is unbelievable in this wine, beautiful! A very graceful wine. 12,7% alcohol. About 8000 bottles made. 96-98p

1y 11d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse . In a tasting of  745 wines 

This years "en primeur" tasting seemed like a journey in time. Bordeaux is back to a more moderate alcohol level and the style is lighter and more elegant. One could say the wines are reminiscent of the 80s, however made with more experience and the modern techniques today. It is not a powerful vintage. The wines are elegant, however the well made ones have an excellent persistence, depth and length. They offer a convincing potential for a long ageing and promote elegance in Bordeaux again. It is a true vintage of terroir although there is a lot of talk about a vintners vintage. However, terroir was the decisive factor in 2021.


Professor Axel Marchal has presented the 10 key points of this vintage on the occasion of the Union des Grands Crus press tasting:


"1. The start of the growing season was marked by severe frost on the 7th and 8th of April.


2. Wet and gloomy weather in May slowed down the vine growth although a providential window of fine weather helped flowering unfold in ideal conditions in early June.


3. Thunderstorms in June slowed down the onset of water stress.


4: Cool, dull weather in July increased the threat of vine diseases.


5. Véraison (colour change) was observed in mid-August, while vine growth had not stopped yet.


6. Thanks to a cool summer, the dry white wines are brilliant, lively and aromatic.


7. The wonderful Indian Summer allowed the red grape varieties to ripen in ideal conditions and preserved aromas.


8. The Merlots are fresh and aromatic while the Cabernets from the finest terroirs are well-structured with good balance.


9. The development of Botrytis cinerea in Sauternes was delayed by the cool summer and eventually triggered by rainfall in mid-September.


10. Despite low yields, the botrytised sweet white wines are of excellent quality."


It will be exciting to see the evolution of this vintage which produced in many cases yields on a very low scale. Arguably it will be a vintage praised for it finesse in the future. A vintage rated on finesse and persistence rather than on sheer power and opulence.

1y 22d ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse . In a tasting of  36 wines 

2019 Le Pin  /  Excellent density, liquid silk or liquid cashmere, long, sophisticated, decadent and kinky, and fantastic midpalate. Heavenly stuff. 99p

1y 3m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse . In a tasting of  213 wines 

The 2019 vintage was tasted under pandemic conditions in spring 2020. At that time, the samples were sent to Essen and tasted within 48 hours after arrival. Now the vintage has been bottled and it is possible to double check the impressions just a year and half later. Overall the quality was excellent, proving the excellent style of the vintage. Some wines were performing better than during the primeur tastings, however most of the wines confirmed the quality already on show in spring 2020. As there are still samples coming in, there will be more tastings over the coming days and I will publish a second set of wines shortly before Christmas and in January some "late arrivals".

1y 5m ago

 Jeff Leve, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse . In a tasting of  20 wines 

2020 Bordeaux is the grand finale of the never-before-experienced, three consecutive run of great vintages. Yes, there has been a few back-to-back double plays, but this is the first time Bordeaux has ever experienced a full hat trick. There are differences in the vintages, which will become more apparent as the wines age and evolve. Each vintage is unique. Perhaps 2020 is closest to 2018, for its opulent, velvet drenched, sensuous style.  Though, it is important to note that you also find freshness, lift and elegance. Here is something to consider about 2020, alcohol levels are lower for many estates, which is surprising with hot, dry years like 2020.

1y 6m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse . In a tasting of  38 wines 

Château Mouton-Rothschild 2020 / Ruby. Fruit driven, cassis, anise, some spices nose, blackberries, intensely scented, almost transparent yet such depth. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, dark fruits, smooth and detailed, layered, anise, liquorice, deep, long. Superb freshness to it. Such energy. Pauillac is not the place that shines the most in 2020, but this one does. 97-99

1y 11m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse . In a tasting of  7 wines 

2020 – the paradox vintage Part 4

2y 3d ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse . In a tasting of  100 wines 

I'll repeat myself with the phrase, "Pomerol is one of the strongest districts in 2018"! The truth is that it's s an accurate and valid statement. Despite not tasting Petrus and Lafleur, to name some of the big hitters, I can assure, that there is enough exceptional goof for every taste from Pomerol. As everywhere in Bordeaux, there also are very few wines under the usual standard in Pomerol.


 

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