2010 Chateau Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 100
Vinous Media: 90-93
James Suckling: 96-99
Wine Enthusiast: 92-94--Jeff Leve: 98-100
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"A beautiful, floral-tinged style, with a delightfully expressive core of kirsch and linzer torte that bursts forth, while lots of red licorice, bergamot, black tea and blood orange notes fill in the remaining space. This has terrific range, with a long, creamy finish as well, but don't be fooled, there's serious grip in reserve and should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2030." (WS)

"The 2010 is a more structured, masculine and steely version of the utterly compelling 2009. Tasting like black raspberry confiture with subtle notes of graphite and crushed chalk along with enormous floral notes, the wine displays a slightly smoky character but a voluptuous attack, mid-palate and finish. Its is full-bodied and massively endowed, with every component perfectly etched in this extraordinary wine, which should be drinkable after 7-8 years of bottle age and last for a half-century or more. This is brilliant stuff. Composed of 73% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon from yields of 21 hectoliters per hectare, the alcohol is the highest ever registered at Beausejour-Duffau, coming in at 15%, but remarkably, the pH is modest and the acids relatively elevated, giving the wine an astonishing freshness and precision that is hard to believe in view of its power, density and length. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2055+.

Anyone who has read this publication or visited St.-Emilion knows that this is a magical terroir capable of great things. It was only fully exploited in the past in the 1990 vintage, but has reached more consistently great heights over the last three or four years. Kudos to the duo of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt for what they have achieved over the last few years at Beausejour-Duffau." (WA)

"(15% alcohol; 3.35 pH) Opaque, almost impenetrable inky-purple. Perfumed nose of blackcurrant, blackberry syrup, allspice, balsamic reduction and sage. Then clean and fresh in the mouth, with superripe flavors of black fruits and mocha given clarity and cut by lively acidity. This pure, long wine finishes smooth but just a tad warm." (VM)

"Clearly the best wine from here since 1989 or 1990. The intensity of dark fruits is insane with citrus and flowers as well as dark fruits. Full and lively with a finish that lasts for minutes but it is dense and impressive." (JS)

"92-94 Powerful, very juicy in style, with toasty new wood flavors mingling with the the very ripe fruits. The wine has a bitter, extracted edge that will probably soften with further wood aging. — R.V. (6/25/2011) " (WE)

"This stunning Bordeaux wine is the color of black ink with shiny purple accents. Aromatically, the wine open with fresh picked flowers, espresso bean, chocolate covered black cherries, blueberry, licorice, crushed stone and truffle. In the mouth, this incredibly concentrated wine fills your palate with layers of rich, ripe, black, blue and red fruits. Everything is in balance and harmony. Nothing is out of place in this sublime St. Emilion which builds in your mouth for a finish that lasts over 60 intense seconds! 98-100 99 points - Tasted Jul 6, 2011 " (JL)