1990 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse
By Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse
1990 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
The 1990 vintage from Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse presents itself as an enigmatic figure among the legendary vintages of Bordeaux. Discerning collectors and investors alike have come to regard this particular annum with a kind of reverent enthusiasm, given its propensity for both grandeur and grace.
A Stellar Vintage in a Glass
Upon first acquaintance, the 1990 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse unfurls a bouquet that is as profound as it is complex. The aromas of rich, dark fruits are grounded by an earthy undertone, hinting at the supple yet structured character poised beneath. Terroir speaks eloquently here—from Saint-Emilion's limestone to the vines' meticulous cultivation—this wine is an ode to the meticulous artisanship of the Bordeaux craft.
In the mouth, this exceptional vintage reveals layers of flavour that are seamlessly integrated with its tannic architecture. Notes of blackcurrant, ripe plum, and a touch of warm tobacco envelop the palate, testament to a near-perfect growing season where nature conspired to craft something close to perfection.
An Investment in Liquid History
With over three decades of careful ageing, the 1990 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse has transitioned from youthful vibrancy to mature elegance, retaining a balance that makes it immensely coveted by fine wine investors. Its commanding presence in the glass resonates with assurance—a confidence built on the solid foundation of its vintage's climatic fortune and Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse's time-honoured winemaking philosophy.
For those seeking an illustrious addition to their portfolio or cellar, this vintage not only embodies the spirit of 1990—a remarkable year for Bordeaux—but also encapsulates a piece of vinous history, ready to be savoured or held as a wise investment with impressive potential for appreciation in value.
Connoisseurship & Collection: The 1990 Legacy
In summation, the 1990 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse stands as one of the finest testaments to what was an extraordinary year in Bordeaux. It harmoniously blends narrative and nature, tradition and terroir—each sip a testament to the season it sprung from. As it continues its graceful ascent towards its zenith, investors and aficionados should not overlook its compelling allure—an indubitable jewel within any discerning enthusiast's collection.
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Scores and tasting notes
One of the most singular Bordeaux I have ever tasted, it verges on being port-like, but it pulls back because of the extraordinary minerality and laser-like focus. The wine is massively concentrated, still black/purple-hued to the rim, and offers a nose of incense, blackberries, blueberry liqueur, acacia flowers, and forest floor. It reveals low acidity and high tannins, which are largely concealed by the sheer concentration and lavish glycerin the wine possesses. Aging at a glacial pace, it is approachable, but it will not hit its peak until 2020; it should last for twenty years thereafter. Release price: ($1200.00/case)
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2009