2018 Chateau Beausejour (Duffau-Lagarrosse)

Year: 2018
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95-98
Wine Advocate: 95-97+
Vinous Media: 94-97
James Suckling: 99-100
Jeb Dunnuck: 97-99--Wine Enthusiast: 94-96--Jeff Leve: 98-100
Red Wine


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"Showy, with boysenberry and plum flavors liberally laced with red licorice notes. The fruit is flamboyant, but this reveals honest grip and solid energy through the finish. -J.M." (WS)

"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Beausejour Heritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse is just a little reduced at this nascent juncture, opening to reveal decadent black plum preserves, blueberry compote and spice cake scents with hints of mincemeat pie, dried roses, star anise and cardamom plus a waft of charcuterie. Full-bodied, rich and densely laden with layers of black fruit and savory nuances, it has a rock-solid structure of firm, rounded tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with mineral sparks." (WA)

"The 2018 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse is a fascinating wine, as it is quite a departure from recent vintages. In 2018, the Beauséjour is distinctly perfumed and floral, with a dense core of red fruit and a brighter profile than the darker personality that is usually such a signature of this cru. Although quite dense on the palate, the 2018 also has so much richness in its fruit that the typically austere tannins are pretty much buried. Rose petal, mint, blood orange and spice add nuance in a crescendo of aromas, flavors and textures that is dazzling. It is an especially refined Beauséjour. This is a tremendous showing from estate manger Nicolas Thienpont, consulting winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt and their team. Tasted three times." (VM)

"A muscular and powerful young wine with incredible depth and power. Full-bodied, layered and dense. Flexes its muscle with every sip, yet there’s agility and precision to it at the same time. Blueberries, salt, white pepper and stone. Purple fruit. Amazing depth." (JS)

"A brilliant follow up to the thrilling 2016, the 2018 Château Beausejour (Duffau-Lagarrosse) is a mix of 80/20 of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. As seamless and sexy as they come, with brilliant cassis, blueberry, violets, and background spicy oak, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate depth, ultra-fine tannins, and a finish that won't quite. It's another magical wine from this estate that will be enjoyable with just 3-5 years of bottle age and cruise for three decades or more. " (JD)

"94–96. Barrel Sample. This is a perfumed wine, with delicious spice, tannins and acidity all coming together well. Its black plum flavor is well integrated with the structure of this fine, fruity wine that has a bright future." (WE)

"This is another off the hook vintage from Beausejour Duffau. I do not know where to start or to stop praising this wine. The texture is surreal. The level of density, concentration and power combined with more than ample energy is incredible. The wine tastes like you grabbed a handful of berries off the vine and placed them in a Vita mix blender with rocks and stones and drank it on the spot! After a recent vertical at Beausejour I was convinced they could never make a better wine than the 2010. Wrong! Very little of this elixir is made. So if you have the chance to buy it, do not pass. This is a cellar gem! The wine is made from blending 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.5% alcohol. The harvest took place September 25-October 5. Only 1,150 cases were produced." (JL)