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CHATEAU BEAUSEJOUR-DUFFAU (Lagarrosse) 2010

£3,000 per 12x75cl

  

Size:

 

12x75cl

  

Appellation:

 

Saint-Émilion

  

Cases:

 

10 cases only  

  

Classification:

 

Premier Grand Cru classé (B)

  

Price per case:

 

£3,000

  

Production:

 

1,200 cases p.a.*

  

RP:

 

100

  

RP Barrel:

 

96-100

*2010 vintage production was down around 30% producing less than 800 cases.

  Scored 100 pts by Robert Parker.

  ‘The 2010 is a more structured, masculine and steely version of the utterly compelling   2009…This is brilliant stuff’ RPJ.

  Production 30% less in 2010 – only 800 cases.

  2010 is regarded by critics to be one of the greatest ever Bordeaux vintages – rivalling   the legendary 1982.

  The 1990 vintage is currently worth £9,000 per case (if you can find a 12 bottle case).

  Therefore 10 is 1/3 of the price of the comparative 1990.

PARKER TASTING NOTES':

“The 2010 is a more structured, masculine and steely version of the utterly compelling 2009. Tasting like black raspberry confiture with subtle notes of graphite and crushed chalk along with enormous floral notes, the wine displays a slightly smoky character but a voluptuous attack, mid-palate and finish. It is full-bodied and massively endowed, with every component perfectly etched in this extraordinary wine, which should be drinkable after 7-8 years of bottle age and last for a half-century or more. This is brilliant stuff. Composed of 73% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon from yields of 21 hectoliters per hectare, the alcohol is the highest ever registered at Beausejour-Duffau, coming in at 15%, but remarkably, the pH is modest and the acids relatively elevated, giving the wine an astonishing freshness and precision that is hard to believe in view of its power, density and length. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2055+.


“Anyone who has read this publication or visited St.-Emilion knows that this is a magical terroir capable of great things. It was only fully exploited in the past in the 1990 vintage, but has reached more consistently great heights over the last three or four years. Kudos to the duo of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt for what they have achieved over the last few years at Beausejour-Duffau.”
Score: 100 pts; Robert Parker Jnr; The Wine Advocate (205), Feb 2013

INVESTMENT ANALYSIS:

Since 2009, Nicolas Thienpont has been in charge of an overall effort to raise the estate’s potential, assisted by the highly-respected Michel Rolland and Stéphane Derenoncourt. This strategy is paying dividends, with the quality affirmed by major critics across the board and Parker in particular being hugely impressed with the recent efforts. In the ten vintages prior to the change in management, Parker gave a mean score of 89.3, with the four vintages since the shakeup scoring an average 96.75!

One of 6 back-to-back 100-pointers from the 2009 & 2010 vintages, Beauséjour-Duffau have certainly been on a roll and the consistency of critic scores have bought this low production estate under increased attention from the secondary market. Annual yields for the Grand Vin are little more than 2,000 cases and this micro production has a dramatic effect on prices as vintages get older. A great example of this is the current trading price of comparable back vintages – with the ’09 trading around £3,100 (12x75cl) and the ’90 upwards of £9,000 (12x75cl), it is clear to see where the growth potential for this wine (and the 2009).

 

 

Wine

 

 

Vintage

 

 

Price (£)

 

Beauséjour-Duffau

1990

9,000

Beauséjour-Duffau

2009

3,100

Beauséjour-Duffau

2010

3,000

 

 

 

 

PriceGraph for BDL 1990 +1,894.1%

The 1990 vintage, since receiving a perfect score from Parker has been one of the prized Bordeaux wines for collector’s worldwide and the minute production has resulted in the price appreciating steadily and consistently over the past 15 years+. The 2010 BDL which is also scored 100 pts and from arguably the greatest ever vintage with less than 800 cases produced, is likely to repeat this growth and return 80-100% in the next 5 years. There is the possibility over the longer term, that it could even eclipse the 1990 in terms of value and desirability.

Of course, the lack of supply also means that price volatility is at a minimum, with little chance of prices dropping over any sustained period. One of the rarest of Bordeaux’s perfectly scored young wines, Beauséjour-Duffau is a medium to long-term investment no-brainer.

 

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