Beauséjour Duffau 2018

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Emilion
ColourRed
TypeStill

This Saint Emilion property is managed by Nicolas Thienpont, assisted by consultant Stephane Derenoncourt. The 6.8 hectares of vines are planted with 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc. 2000 to 2500 cases are produced annually. The 2018 vintage was picked quite late - from 25th September to 8th October - and is 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc.


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A deep purple colour with ripe, heady blackberry and kirsch on the nose. Sweet and spicy, but not overdone. The palate is very sweet with a slick glycerol texture and damson jam at the core. The oak is sweet and toasty but integrated, adding to the fully hedonistic and warming palate. There are even notes of coconut on the thick, rich and heady finish.

Score: 16Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, March 2019

The 2018 Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse was picked from 25 September to 4 October for the Merlot and on 3 and 8 October for the Cabernet Franc, cropped at 27.5hl/ha. This is a Saint-Émilion that exhibits a little sur-maturité on the nose, especially going back and forth nosing between this and its sibling, Pavie-Macquin (both made by Nicolas Thienpont). Likewise the palate has a slightly viscous texture, very opulent and dense with dark plum, blackcurrant and veins of dark chocolate towards the saturated finish. There is quite a difference between this two crus, but on this occasion, despite this having lower alcohol (14.3%), it is the Pavie-Macquin that shows the mineralité and terroir expression that I look for. 2025 - 2042

Score: 91/93Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019

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.

Score: 95/97+Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

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.

Score: 99/100James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (241), April 2019

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.

Score: 94/97Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019

Subtly aromatic on the nose, attractive cassis. On the palate, the oak is a little intrusive so that the finish is slightly bitter. The tannins are fine-grained but there's a bit of a clash between the tannin and the acidity at the moment making it hard at the very end.
Drink 2024-2030

Score: 15.5Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019

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.

Score: 97/99Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019

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.

Score: 95/98James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, March 2019

Nicolas Thienpont has been director here for 10 years now, and the changes that he has brought have had a stunning and important effect, firmly placing this as one of the best estates in the appellation. Everything feels a little deeper and darker than its sibling Pavie Macquin in this vintage: the tannins are a little less pliant and a little more serious. This is clearly going to age well - you can feel the scrape of the limestone, the concentration of the cassis and tight tobacco flavours, the lift of the spices through the finish, and the tannic mass that's undeniable. 2018 saw half the normal yield, down in the mid-20hl/ha, and you can't miss the concentration it lends to the wine. The vines come from the slopes with clay over limestone, and with such natural power allied to these low yields I am sure this will take a full 10 years to become drinkable, but watch it really come into its own in 40 or 50 years! 98-100 points.

Drinking Window 2028 - 2042

Score: 98/100Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2019

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