Market Insight: A hard one to pin down, Beausejour Duffau hit such a strong run of form over 2010/2009 that nothing has really compared. Quality has been really high the last few years, so if 2020 delivers them the right grapes and they get within the perfect range, it could be a very exciting prospect. The smart money, however, may be with Pavie Macquin.L&S (May 2021)
75cl bottles (wood case of 6)
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This is a very cool and refined young Bordeaux with crushed-berry, walnut, mushroom, chocolate and salt character. Some wet earth, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with very integrated tannins that are polished and poised. Energetic, long and precise at the finish. 81.5% merlot and 18.5% cabernet franc. Rating: 97-98 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (Jun 2021)
82% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 70% new oak, Approximately 14% alc., 22 hL/ha. There have been no Zoom tastings this year as quietly emotional nor as dramatic as my video-chat with Joséphine Duffau-Lagarrosse. It was only six weeks ago that Joséphine learned that her last-minute bid to retain ownership of her historic property, which has been in Duffau-Lagarrosse family since 1847, won a nail-biting competition against rival bidders Philippe Cuvelier, owner of Clos Fourtet, and Stephanie de Boüard-Rivoal of Angélus. This tiny 6.5ha property sits atop the famous Saint-Émilion limestone plateau, overlooking Angélus, and with Canon, Beau-Séjour Bécot, Bélair-Monange and Berliquet all near-neighbours this is an extremely well-situated estate. There have been many stories in the wine world of young family members being asked to step up to the plate when they were least expecting it and Joséphine had the grace to admit that she hadn’t expected to be sitting in the hot seat for a good few years. But with plenty of winemaking and viticultural experience, both internationally and also closer to home, she is more than ready to take the helm.
Her first decision was to meticulously taste through all of the barrels, which were vinified under the expert guidance of Nicolas Thienpont and Stéphane Derenoncourt, and then re-blend the 2020 vintage wine in her image. Creating a personal signature is not an easy task, but her indelible imprint involved increasing the Cabernet Franc percentage to achieve the control and timbre which she felt was needed. This is something which she is keen to augment in years to come. The result is an extraordinarily composed wine with Cabernet Franc graphite underpinning the innate Merlot power hidden in the core of this wine. Freshness and delicacy were words I wrote several times in my scrawl and Joséphine mentioned ‘verticality’ and ‘salinity’ which should give you some idea of the shape and energy in this tremendous red. The oak and tannin are discreet and respectful allowing the fruit to billow and caress the palate. This will be a vintage that will start drinking early and then hold its stance for a long time to come. Indeed, the finish is one of the calmest and most complete in the entire commune. I asked Joséphine when the label was changed to include the foil detail not only on the Château name but also on the little people walking along the road to the property. She seemed amused at this question not least because I am the first person ever to ask her. She told me that this tweak was made in the 2015 vintage and it was to symbolise that while there is an imposing stately home and stunning vineyard at Beauséjour there are also people who are important in bringing this estate’s wines to life. This statement has never been truer than it is today. 18.5/20 Rating: 18.5 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jun 2021)
The 2020 Cuvée Préstige has a nicely detailed, fresh bouquet of blackberry, wild strawberry and fragrant pressed iris scents. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, a fine bead of acidity and a structured, quite minerally finish. This is a very commendable Fronsac that should age well in bottle. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2021)
A blend of 81% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc, the 2020 Château Beausejour (Duffau-Lagarrosse) should end up being up with the top wines in the appellation. Showing the more straight, focused style of the vintage, it has a monster of a mid-palate, full-bodied richness, building tannins on the palate, and incredible minerality on the finish. Loaded with cassis fruit as well as lead pencil and graphite notes, this dense, powerful beauty almost requires a fork. It’s brilliant all the way and will have 30-40 years of longevity. Rating: 95-97 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (May 2021)
Château Beauséjour Duffau Lagarosse
Chateau Beausejour Duffau Lagarosse was built in 1851 by the Laporte family. The Laporte family owned several vineyard estates in the Bordeaux region and were also prosperous wine merchants. In those days, the large chai was used to store and age the most prestigious wines of the Saint Émilion and Pomerol regions (Cheval Blanc, Petrus, Beau-Sejour, Nénin, La Conseillante, ... and Château Beausejour!) The estate was purchased in 1994 by a group of wine loving investors. During this period, the Germain Vineyards Company was in charge of the management and the marketing of the wines. Patricia and Pierre Bernault have owned Château Beauséjour Duffau Lagarosse since December 2004; Pierre himself comes from a family of vine growers, who have been cultivating their own vineyards since 1850. As soon as Patricia and Pierre Bernault bought Beauséjour, Stéphane Derenoncourt and his team got involved in giving them advice on restoration of the vineyard and the soil, as well as on the rigorous stages of the process of making and maturing wine.
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- Shipment to our bond (at LCB Creek Road) and insurance are included in the in bond price.
- Delivery is free to Lea and Sandeman / Elephant storage accounts, both duty paid and in bond.
- Other deliveries (In Bond and Duty Paid) are also free subject to a minimum order from the offer of £500. Orders below this total will be charged an administration and handling fee of £16.50+ VAT when invoices are issued. We will group deliveries and this is a charge for your entire purchases, not a per-case charge.
- Delivery of 2020 Bordeaux bought en primeur is expected during 2023. Delivery dates may vary as wines are shipped from Bordeaux at different times.
- We do not anticipate any problems but please be aware that delays to delivery may occur should Britain's possible departure from the European Union result in additional border customs checks or other regulatory requirements. Any additional or unforeseen duties, tariffs, charges or other financial liabilities relating to 'Brexit' must be due to the customer and will be invoiced as required.
Practical notes - how it works
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Half-bottles, Magnums and larger bottles.
One of the additional advantages of buying en primeur is being able to order the wine in the format you want. While most of our listings are for 75cl bottles, we can source wines in any format if offered by the Château. Please note that format requests cannot be changed once wines have been invoiced. Additional charges for special formats do apply and are as follows:-
- +£20 per case of 24 half-bottles
- +£10 per case of 6 Magnums (2 bottles equivalent, 1.5 litres each)
- +£35 per individually boxed Double Magnum (4 bottles equivalent, 3 litres)
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Wines bought en primeur won't arrive in the UK until 2023. If you do not wish to take home delivery at that point, you may wish to consider where you would like the wines shipped. Lea & Sandeman offers duty paid and in bond storage through a dedicated storage company called Elephant Storage. For more details on the terms and fees associated with storage please go to our Storage Homepage or contact our private client team for more information.