2012 Pomerol Château Beauregard
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
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: 91-91 L&S (Apr 2013)
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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.
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)
I was only given a tiny sample of this wine at the UGC (despite pleading for more – request declined.) It offers light black cherry and blueberry fruit on the nose – conservative and correct. There is a little flatness on the entry here where I was seeking brightness, but there is decent fruit on the finish that is just a little conservative at the moment. Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (May 2013)
A very good effort from Beauregard, the attractive, up-front, medium-bodied 2012 offers notes of black cherries, mulberries and barbecue smoke in a medium-bodied, velvety-textured, lush style. It appears to be an over-achievement for both the estate and the vintage, and therefore, qualifies as a sleeper of the vintage. Rating: 87-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2013)
Rich, sumptuous and flavoursome, this is a very enjoyable wine from a château that seldom gets the praise it deserves. Plush and textured with lifted aromas of kirsch and fresh flowers, this displays ripe plum and blackberry fruit, sweet, tannin and good oak integration. Drink: 2020-28. Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Apr 2013)
Deep dark crimson, purple rim. Ripe sweet damsons on the nose and blackcurrant cordial on the palate. Great harmony, firm texture, long finish. Just fresh enough. 2017-2024. Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2013)
Lighter Pomerol but finely crafted. Little more flesh than 2011. Drink: 2017 - 2026. Rating: 16.25 James Lawther MW, decanter.com (Apr 2013)
Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Apr 2013)
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