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2015 Pomerol Château Beauregard

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol
Village Pomerol
ABV 14%

First tasting: very supple on the palate, a smoky personality to the ripe black fruit, a slightly savoury middle, texture thickening towards the finish. This seems to have a bit more body than it usually does, but the elegance is retained. One to look at closely if the price is right. At the UGC Pomerol tasting this got the remark 'Hooray, it's wine' in my notes, after a series of things more like paint. Sophisticated and real, spiced fruit nose, a gentle richness, and more weight than usual for Beauregard. Lot's of things paying off at once here - this estate has always been well-run by the charming Vincent Priou, and the vineyard has been extensively restructured, including increasing the planting density from six to nine thousand vines per hectare. More recently, the bank that owned it has sold to a consortium - mostly the owner of Galeries Lafayette but also including the Cathiards of Smith Haut Lafitte. This has resulted in more new investment including a magnificent new cuverie with almost egg-shaped concrete vats. Recommended. Rating: 92-93 L&S (Apr 2016)

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The 2015 Beauregard has an intense bouquet with black cherries, boysenberry and smoky/tobacco aromas, more precocious than some of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle grip, foursquare and conservative in style and yet I appreciate its delineation and poise, with a persistent and mineral-driven finish. This is a very good performance and suggests some melioration in bottle. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting. Rating: 92 Neal Martin, (Jul 2019)

Impressive and deep-set plums, cherries and violets, not to mention licorice and lightly spicy oak-derived accents, meet with mocha on the nose. The palate has a really impressive core of fleshy, bright red-plum and blueberry flavors all wrapped in supple tannins that have freshness and effortless depth. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 95 James Suckling, (Feb 2018)

The 2015 Beauregard has turned out better than I had originally expected. Today, I see a wine of notable textural richness and far better balance than en primeur. Most, if not all, of that can be attributed to the work the winemaking team did in tweaking the blend. Sumptuous and racy to the core, the 2015 is gorgeous today. The more floral/savory element of the Franc that was so evident during aging has softened considerably. This is an impressive debut for the first vintage under the management of the Cathiard family. Black cherry, chocolate, new leather and spice notes add to the wine's succulent, inviting personality. Tasted three times. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 93 Antonio Galloni, (Feb 2018)

Château Beauregard

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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