Château-Beausejour-Duffau-Lagarosse St. Emilion 2005

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This outstanding vineyard has been owned by the same family since 1869, when the original vineyard was split in two, resulting in Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse, today owned by Jean Duffau, and Beausejour-Becot, owned by the Becot family. Planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse is a rich, powerful, traditional Saint Emilion with a gorgeous black fruit and mineral flavor profile. Most vintages begin to strut their stuff at about 10 years from the vintage, and Robert Parker considers it 'among the creme de la creme of St. Emilion's hierachy, leaning in the direction of Ausone's style.' The exceptional terroir consists of calcareous clay and limestone soil.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Emilion
Brand Château-Beausejour-Duffau-Lagarosse
  • ws94

Wine SpectatorFabulous aromas of blackberry, licorice and flowers. Wonderful nose. Full-bodied, with racy tannins and a long finish. This is powerful and rich. This is very long and velvety. Gorgeous. The winemaker here thinks it could match the great 1990 and 1989. Almost classic quality.

James Suckling
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateWhile no one will confuse the 2005 with this estate's prodigious 1990, it is an outstanding effort from one of St.-Emilion's finest terroirs. In terms of potential, the vineyard is exceeded only by Ausone, Pavie and Belair for micro-climate and exposition. A beautiful dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by an ethereal nose of blueberry liqueur, spring flowers, melted licorice, raspberries, and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied with good acidity, sweet but high tannin, a broad mouthfeel, and admirable elegance as well as freshness, this beauty should age easily for 25+ years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035.

Robert Parker, April 2008
  • st91+

International Wine CellarMedium red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of black cherry and licorice; slightly liqueur-like. Intensely flavored and gripping, with impressive power and a serious spine to the sweet black cherry flavors. Finishes with sneaky length and excellent backbone for aging. Aeration brought more minerality and more sweetness.

Stephen Tanzer, May 2008