Chateau Haut Beausejour, St Estephe

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A classically styled wine with distinct aromas and flavors (blackberry, plum and licorice), a full-bodied richness and pleasing fruit concentration. Excellent, good-value proper claret from a serious vintage.

Cabernet Sauvignon 55% , Merlot 45%

In 1992, Jean-Claude Rouzaud, oenologist and Board Chairman of Champagne Louis Roederer, acquired and combined two Cru Bourgeois vineyards in the heart of the Medoc’s prestigious Saint-Estèphe appellation: Château Picard and Château Beauséjour. Together, these properties make up what is now called Château Haut-Beauséjour. Although the 20 hectare Saint-Estèphe vineyard is Merlot dominated (50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot), the Grand Vin wine, as with this vintage, tends to be Cabernet dominant, particularly in wonderful vintages like this 2015.. The terroir is gravel and clay with some limestone.

The wine is vinified in traditional, large wood vats and aged in about 35% new French oak barrels for about 12 months. On average, close to 8,500 cases of Château Haut-Beauséjour are produced every year.

A Review: Vinous, February 2018, Antonio Galloni.

“The 2015 Haut-Beauséjour has turned out beautifully. Wild and powerful in the glass, the 2015 exudes energy in all of its dimensions. There is a wildness to the 2015 that is compelling. Specifically, the Haut-Beauséjour has a level of aromatic nuance and detail that distinguishes it from so many wines of the vintage. Tobacco, earthiness, smoke, gravel and incense add character to this mid-weight yet potent wine. There is more than enough complexity to reward a decade plus of very fine drinking. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot.”

Type Red
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St Estephe
Vintage 2016
Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
ABV 14.0%