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2000 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse from Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

As one delves into the library of Bordeaux vintages, certain years stand out as jewels amongst gems. The terminus of the millennium brought forth such a harvest, particularly distinguished in the 2000 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse from Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse.


A Millennial Marvel: Spotlight on a Singular Saint-Emilion

The turn of the century witnessed an extraordinary vintage within the esteemed right bank of Bordeaux. The 2000 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse encapsulates this monumental year with distinction, offering an investment lure as potent as its bouquet. This vintage is an anthology of the producer's deft artistry, woven into every bottle with time-honoured savoir-faire.


The Patina of Two Decades

Time has graced the 2000 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse with maturity like an Old Master's painting gaining depth and character. Heralded upon release for its potential longevity, it has not merely lived up to expectations but surpassed them in complexity and textural finesse. The sublime integration of tannins speaks to a harmonious season, climatically blessed by the wine gods themselves.

The palate reveals a lustrous tapestry of dark fruits balanced by an enigmatic earthiness that whispers tales of its Saint-Emilion terroir. Notes of blackberry cordial and ripe plums are lifted by an undercurrent of minerality that reflects its limestone lineage. Secondary nuances of tobacco leaf and truffle hint at the alchemy between grape and oak that has unfolded over two decades in repose.

In terms of investment potential, the magic of such a vintage lies not only in its drinking opulence but also in its scarcity. With each passing year, bottles of the 2000 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse become rarer treasures, coveted by discerning collectors who recognise the pedigree that time has underscored.

Indubitably, this wine represents a cornerstone acquisition for enthusiasts with an eye towards both oenological enlightenment and vinous value accrual. In the balletic interplay between fruit, tannin, and time, the 2000 vintage from Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse dances gracefully, elevating what was once potential into a revelation steeped in elegance and poise—a triumphant exemplar for fine wine investment connoisseurs.

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I often lament the fact that only the 1990 and 2009 are wines that fully showcase this extraordinary terroir. However, the 2000 is no “Ugly Betty,” so to speak. It showed extremely well in the tastings, with the tell-tale notes of flowers, crushed rock, blueberry and camphor well-displayed. Full-bodied, rich, long, and just beginning to shed its cloak of tannin, this is quite an impressively endowed Beausejour-Duffau that can be drunk in 1-2 years or cellared for another 25 or more.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2010

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