Chateau Beausejour Duffau Lagarrosse started out life as a part of what we know of today as the Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot estate, all the way back in 1847. In 1869, the 14 hectare Beau-Sejour vineyards became the property of Pierre-Paulin Ducarpe. Pierre-Paulin Ducarpe divided the estate between his two children. The chateau, plus other structures along with 50% of the vineyards went to his daughter. After she married, she assumed her husband’s name, Duffau-Lagarosse and Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse came into being
The small, 6.5 hectare Right Bank Chateau of Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse is located just west of the beautiful St. Emilion village. The vineyard is planted to 81% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. This estate is quite well placed in a single parcel on top of the Saint Emilion plateau. It can be divided into two different terroirs. A portion of the vines are planted are on the peak of the St. Emilion plateau, while the remaining vines are planted on the slopes. It’s a nice neighborhood to be in with neighbours like Angelus and Canon
The vineyard is managed using sustainable farming techniques with the goal of natural, low yields. To produce the wine of Chateau Beausejour Duffau, the fruit is first sorted in the vineyards and again at the reception area. The grapes are 100% destemmed before the whole berry fermentation in small, temperature controlled vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel, with the first six months spent on its lees, which are not stirred. Its aged in 75% new French, oak barrels for about 18 months
From a magnum the 98 shows stunning freshness and life. With aromatics of cigar ash, undergrowth, herbaceous spice and sweet lush dark fruits. The palate has wonderful bright acid line, with loads of raspberry, blackcurrant and blueberry fruit qualities, underpinned by truffle, minerally earth,baking spices and ever so slight green herbaceous qualities. It’s not pack packed to the nines with density and power but has a lot of charm to its softer touch and a considerable amount if length. It’s no 1990 Beausejour but it was the best expression of 98 from this estate i have tasted.