Chateau Beausejour Duffau Lagarrosse began life in 1847 as a part of what is now Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot. In 1869 the estate was divided as the owner, Pierre-Paulin Ducarpe left equal parts to his son and daughter. Ducarpe’s daughter married and took the name of her husband, Duffau-Lagarrosse. The estate has remained in the family, currently owned by Jean Duffau Lagarrosse.
The 5.7 hectare Bordeaux vineyard on the Right Bank is planted to 81% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are harvested manually and undergo a cold pre-fermentation before whole berry fermentation.
The 2017 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse was picked at 38hl/ha from 22 September to 2 October for the Merlot and 29 September to 2 October for the Cabernet Franc. Around two-thirds of the crop entered the Grand Vin and 55% is matured in new oak. It has a not dissimilar bouquet to the Pavie-Macquin (also overseen by Nicolas Thienpont) perhaps showing a little more volume and decadence: macerated small dark cherries, fig, black plum and a touch of marmalade. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, a fine bead of acidity, closing in a little towards the second half compared to the Pavie-Macquin that remains open throughout. There is a fine mineral core to this Saint-Émilion with a sappy, saliva-inducing finish. This will require four or five years in bottle and I wager that it should be consumed after the Pavie Macquin. Drink 2023 - 2045.
This is very driven and intense with so much limestone and salt character on the palate. Dark fruits, too. Linear and chewy, especially on the long finish. Beautiful center palate of fruit.
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