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2005 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse from Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

The wine enthusiasts who monitor the ebbs and flows of vintages in Bordeaux know that the 2005 vintage carries a repute of remarkable distinction. The 2005 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse from Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse no doubt stands as an eminent emissary of this esteemed era.


A Vintage with a Distinguished Pedigree

In an illustrious year where nature benevolently bestowed near-ideal conditions upon the vineyards of Saint-Emilion, the grapes for the 2005 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse basked in a season conducive to the cultivation of profundity and elegance in equal measure. Capturing the essence of its terroir, this vintage exudes a profusion of opulent dark fruit aromas underpinned by subtly interlaced threads of graphite and cedar.

On the palate, this acclaimed release reveals a dazzling tension between robust tannins and a lively acid spine, each sip blossoms with layers of fleshy plum and black cherry nuances, culminating in a finish that lingers with the fortitude of ironclad memories. Few wines muster this harmonious interaction of power and poise—the 2005 vintage is endowed with notable longevity, propelling it to be one of the pinnacle considerations for fine wine investors.


Meticulous Craftsmanship Etched into Every Bottle

Tasted side by side with its successors and predecessors, the 2005 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse distinguishes itself with its profound concentration and complex yet unambiguous expression. Sixteen years on, it remarkably continues to unfurl with dignified poise and promises further ascent into enological grace with additional cellaring.

Investors and connoisseurs alike would find reassurance in embracing this vintage’s indispensable position within any seasoned portfolio. And as custodians of these bottled artisans, we are reminded that certain vintages, like the 2005 from Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse, stand as benchmarks against which other years are measured.

To encapsulate, a wisdom imbues every drop of the 2005 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse—its saga is one narrated through whispers of refinement that echo across the halls of time. An investment in such a vintage is not merely financial but an enlistment in wine history's most revered chapters.

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While no one will confuse the 2005 with this estate’s prodigious 1990, it is an outstanding effort from one of St.-Emilion’s finest terroirs. In terms of potential, the vineyard is exceeded only by Ausone, Pavie and Belair for micro-climate and exposition. A beautiful dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by an ethereal nose of blueberry liqueur, spring flowers, melted licorice, raspberries, and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied with good acidity, sweet but high tannin, a broad mouthfeel, and admirable elegance as well as freshness, this beauty should age easily for 25+ years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 April 2008

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