chateau beausejour duffau-lagarrosse premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru 2008
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The closed, austere 2008 represents the old school philosophy of winemaking employed at Beausejour-Duffau before Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt controlled the viticulture and winemaking starting in 2009. A 21,000-bottle blend of 70% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2008 exhibits high tannin, medium body and an impressively elegant style. It is already revealing the nobility of this exquisite vineyard. However, the wine does not possess the extra gear of aromatic and flavor dimensions to merit an outstanding review.
Dense and fleshy, with coffee, plum, prune, cocoa and black currant notes allied to a grippy frame. The finish is tight but long, with dark fig pushing through. A touch brooding now, but the stuffing is there. Should open up with a touch more cellaring.
The 2008 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse is evolving into one of the standout wines of the vintage. From a modest showing in barrel, it seemed to improve when I last tasted it in 2012 and now at a decade old, it has upped the ante further. Intense wild strawberry and blackberry notes struck through with minerals and graphite, all beautifully defined and immediately take you aback and yet you know there is much more to come. The palate is very well balanced with a firm but not imposing structure. The acidity is beautifully judged and it counterbalances the impressive fruit concentration, whilst there is a killer sorbet-like freshness on the finish that leaves the mouth tingling. Sometimes this Saint Émilion can surpass your expectations and whilst the 2008 might not be as spectacular as the 1990, it is one of the hidden gems of the vintage. 2022 - 2045
Sweet tobacco, berry and plum character on the nose follows through to a full body with sweet fruit and velvety, refined tannins. Pretty wine already. Stéphane Derenoncourt took the estate over and made the blend of this wine