|Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot
|Saint Emilion & Satellites
|1er Grand Cru Classé
A blend of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc, the Beauséjour Duffau Lagarosse has a powerful bouquet with lifted red fruits with floral notes underpinned by noticeable creamy new oak. It retains fine definition and is not overpowering. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a very fine structure and great symmetry. This is an excellent Saint Emilion for the vintage that has a lovely caressing finish that belies its backbone. Superb. Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2012)
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Open and inviting, with almost gushy blueberry, fig and boysenberry fruit at first. But then there's lively acidity stitching the finish together, with bouncy spice and anise notes and a streak of graphite that should emerge more through the élevage. This has some serious range, echoing with fruit and spice. Rating: 92-95 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2012)
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