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2009 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse from Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

The inimitable 2009 vintage of Bordeaux remains one of the most celebrated years in recent history, where Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse achieved a near-mythical status among connoisseurs and collectors alike. The 2009 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse, birthed from such an annus mirabilis, stands as a beacon of viticultural exceptionalism.


A Vintage Crowned by Nature

Examining the climatic symphony that played throughout 2009, it was indeed a harmonious year for vineyards across Bordeaux. At Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse, nature's kindness culminated in a vintage replete with elegance and an intensity that commands attention. The interplay between ripe, sun-drenched fruit and classic Saint-Émilion terroir has given us a wine redolent with complexity and depth.


Investment-Worthy Elixir from an Illustrious Terroir

The 2009 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse articulates the greatness of its vintage with aplomb. The nose is an opulent tapestry of blackcurrants, plums, and an undercurrent of earthy truffles. On the palate, it unfurls with a confident spread of dense fruit layers supported by aristocratic tannins—structured yet silken. A meritorious cellar contender indeed, it offers sophistication for those who savour now or patience to those poised to capture maturation's full grandeur. Advantaged by an investment grade pedigree, this wine is not only a hedonistic indulgence but also possesses the attributes that beckon longevity—a jewel within any investor's portfolio.

As one explores the 2009 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse further, hints of graphite edge and delicate spiced wood notes surface, enhancing its multidimensional character and forecasting its promising evolution. This Saint-Émilion luxury demonstrates how fortunate meteorological consort can elevate wine to realms of transcendency.

For the avid collector or prudent investor looking to augment their assemblage with a consummate example of what 2009 offered—a year apotheosized by many a critic—this offering from Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse is undoubtedly compelling. It finesses the balance between poise and power, resonating with those who appreciate esteemed vintages wed to prudent investment potential.

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This big wine (nearly 15% natural alcohol) is a blend of 77% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. It boasts an opaque blue/purple color along with a gorgeous bouquet of charcoal, incense, truffles, blackberry jam, black currants, raspberries and flowers. While enormous in the mouth, the limestone soils in which the grapes are grown give the wine good freshness as well as laser-like clarity and precision. Amazing to taste, this massive, super-concentrated powerhouse comes across as ethereal and almost feminine despite its extravagant fruit, density and richness. It is a modern day legend for sure! Anticipated maturity: 2025-2050+ As I wrote after I tasted this cuvee from barrel, it is clearly the greatest Beausejour-Duffau since the immortal 1990. Under new management, the brilliant duo of Nicolas Thienpont and Stephane Derenoncourt is in the process of developing what is one of the great hillside terroirs of Bordeaux and St.-Emilion.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 December 2011

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