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The 2006 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse from Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

Delving into the tapestry of Bordeaux vintages, the 2006 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse presents itself as a testament to the resilience and adaptability of Saint-Emilion's terroir. In a year that challenged Bordelais vignerons with variable climatic conditions, Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse exhibited mastery over their land, culminating in a wine that intrigues investors and enthusiasts alike to this day.


A Vintage of Precision and Potential

The 2006 season threw a medley of temperatures at Bordeaux's vineyards, yet within the microclimate enfolded within Saint-Emilion’s limestone shelves, Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse nurtured its vines meticulously. This assiduous care is palpable in the wine, which embraces one with layers of dark berries, subtle oaken whispers, and an earthy minerality—a chorus that sings of its origin with every sip.


Investment-Worthy Merlot Brilliance

The predominantly Merlot composition of the vintage thrives on the palate, showcasing an elegance that subtly builds in complexity and finesse over time. The impeccable structure and balance of this year's offering affirm its place among noteworthy wine investments. As this particular chapter from Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse matures gracefully in cellars across the globe, its value continues to pique the interest of astute collectors.

With just over fifteen years now past since harvest, the 2006 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse is entering a splendid phase in its evolution. Its confident presence in glasses today reflects not only the dedicated production processes but also highlights why it makes for a compelling addition to diversified portfolios.


Concluding Reflections on an Esteemed Vintage

Reflecting upon this offering from Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse, one cannot help but note its distinguished display within the mosaic of Bordeaux vintages. The 2006 Beausejour Duffau-Lagarosse is not just another bottle; it is a chronicle of both challenge and triumph emboldened with the essential elements for savvy wine investment—a reminder that amidst variable skies, true craftsmanship prevails.

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Tasted both at the château and then blind at Farr Vintners' tasting, the 2006 Château Beauséjour Duffau Lagarrosse does not seem to be ageing as well as I had expected. It feels rustic and rather smudged on the nose, simple mulberry, red plum and dried white flower scents, but it never really soars from the glass. There is something almost attic here. The palate is medium bodied with dry tannin, rather brittle and angular in the mouth with sharp acidity. There is a hardness to this 2006 that does not augur well for the future. Fortunately, far superior wines have been forthcoming from this Saint Emilion in recent vintages. Tasted April 2016.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 May 2016

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