Is this the twin brother of the amazing 2015? We will see. What a superb density and richness with bright and intense tannins that are buttressed with fresh acidity. Beautiful finish.
|Score: 98/99||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked between 18 October and 21 October, matured in 55% new oak. The alcohol is 14.4%, with a pH of 3.38. It has a very perfumed bouquet with luscious red cherry and wild strawberry fruit, fine delineation, touches of truffle and smoke in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannin that belie the structure of this Saint Emilion. This has a gorgeous salinity and spiciness that lend it character, very long and persistent with a tang of black pepper on the aftertaste. This is a step up from the 2015 last year and should rest at the top of my banded score once in bottle.
Drink Date 2021 - 2040
|Score: 93/95||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
Very rich and edgy. Vegy edge. Massively ripe in the middle but not too ripe or sweet. Pretty dramatic. Dry end. Obviously classy stuff from a great terroir.
|Score: 17+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
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 style of the wine is always modern, rich and extracted, however the style seems slightly toned back in 2016. Still deep purple in volour with ripe blackcurrant and damson fruit, the tannins are mouthcoating, rich and drying, but there is a line of acidity that prevents an over-sweet impression on the palate. Dense, extracted and powerful, this is still a high-octane style, but the touch of pure (if ripe) fruit and freshness brings more balance to the wine.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
The fruit is ripe and sweet the nose has richness the palate depth of fruit a rich mix of red and black fruits. Bramble and red fruits give a lighter fresher feel to the mid and back palate the tannins are firm but integrated the finish quite tight at the moment. 2026-38
|Score: 89/92||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
|Score: 89||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
Wow, that is rich, tight and closed in. It is absolutely dancing with minerality, and just gets better and better on the palate. It doesn't try to force itself on you, but it certainly walks in the room five paces ahead. This is what St-Émilion can do, and could always have done if it didn't try so hard. A beautiful deep colour and pure fruit, what a lovely fresh, lifted but concentrated wine. Nicolas Thienpont is consultant here.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2050
|Score: 96||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|