2009 Chateau Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse)

Year: 2009
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 100
Vinous Media: 92+
James Suckling: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 92-94--Jeff Leve: 97
Red Wine

DUE IN: MAY 2018

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"Focused power. This muscular red shows drive, yet remains graceful, with fresh plum and currant flavors, backed by mineral, tar and floral notes. The dense texture stays fresh through the sweet, spicy finish. Best from 2014 through 2030." (WS)

"This big wine (nearly 15% natural alcohol) is a blend of 77% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. It boasts an opaque blue/purple color along with a gorgeous bouquet of charcoal, incense, truffles, blackberry jam, black currants, raspberries and flowers. While enormous in the mouth, the limestone soils in which the grapes are grown give the wine good freshness as well as laser-like clarity and precision. Amazing to taste, this massive, super-concentrated powerhouse comes across as ethereal and almost feminine despite its extravagant fruit, density and richness. It is a modern day legend for sure! Anticipated maturity: 2025-2050+

As I wrote after I tasted this cuvee from barrel, it is clearly the greatest Beausejour-Duffau since the immortal 1990. Under new management, the brilliant duo of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt is in the process of developing what is one of the great hillside terroirs of Bordeaux and St.-Emilion." (WA)

"Good deep red-ruby. High-pitched perfume of strawberry and allspice. Elegant and on the lean side but with good density and energy to its tangy red fruit and floral flavors. Very ripe but a bit youthfully medicinal, in a more traditional style. Finishes firm and focused, with classic dryness. Plenty of richness lurking, but this will need a decade in the cellar." (VM)

"Aromas of sliced fresh mushrooms, with dark berries and hints of lemons. Full-bodied, with tight and chewy tannins that are very polished and rich. A finish of dark berries and polished tannins. Serious austerity to this. Try in 2018." (JS)

"92-94 Barrel sample. Smooth, ripe wine, velvet texture and sweet fruits. It has structure under this smooth surface, giving some bright acidity. But the general feel is of richness, super extraction." (WE)

"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." (JL)