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There is lovely weight here - but less tightly wound than many of these 2012s. The tannin is firm but the weight of fruit is in great balance - quite bright and restrained but finishes with persistence and great intensity. Seamless richness but still there's a side of cool dryness. Great success in the vintage. Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2013)
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From an historic estate in Pomerol dating back to the 18th century, the 2012 Beauregard (70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc) is a successful effort. The wine is dense ruby/purple and shows loads of licorice, blackcurrant and black cherry in a dense, medium to full-bodied very pure, rich style. This is somewhat of a sleeper of the vintage in Pomerol and very noteworthy. This should drink well for 10-15 years. Drinking range: 2015 - 2030 Rating: 90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Apr 2015)
The nose has a black plum richness and the palate is sumptuous supple with fleshy black plum. There are some fresher fruits in the middle giving a slightly lighter feel on the back palate but the finish has the richness and sweetness of ripe plum. 2017-25 Rating: 89-92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(Dec 2013)
Fully saturated inky-purple. The initially closed nose displays strong mineral tones, then opens with aeration to show blackberry jam and cassis aromas. Fresh, sweet and supple, with blackcurrant and blackberry jam flavors complicated by sweet spices and incense. Smoothly tannic on the long finish, where an herbal edge adds interest. This excellent vintage for Beauregard includes less cabernet franc than usual in a tough year for the variety, and it appears that suitably small yields have made all the difference. Rating: 89-91 Ian d'Agata, www.vinousmedia.com(May 2013)
Unusually for Pomerol, Château Beauregard has a rather fine château built in 1795 that they proudly display on the label. Rather than having a fine view – or beau regard – the estate is named after the Beauregard family who owned it in the 17th Century. Since acquisition by Vignobles-Foncier in 1991 the whole estate has been renovated, and all the Cabernet Sauvignon replaced with more suitable Merlot, and Beauregard has been set on an upward trajectory. The recent (2014) sale of the estate to the Moulin-Houzé family offers optimism for further improvement, not least because at the same time a minority share was taken by the Caithard family whose stewardship Château Smith Haut Lafitte has yielded great results. Sitting just east of the village of Catusseau, Beauregard is practically on the border with Saint Emilion and can boast Cheval Blanc as a near neighbour. The 17.5ha of vineyard are planted with 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc with the best vines being nearer the château on the Pomerol plateau and its more typical clay soil. The average age of the vines is around 35 years.
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