Beauséjour Duffau 2016

SubregionSt Emilion

This Saint Emilion property is managed by Nicolas Thienpont, assisted by consultant Stephane Derenoncourt. The 6.8 hectares of vines are planted with 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc. 2000 to 2500 cases are produced annually.

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Tasting Notes

Is this the twin brother of the amazing 2015? We will see. What a superb density and richness with bright and intense tannins that are buttressed with fresh acidity. Beautiful finish.

Score: 98/99James Suckling,, March 2017

Cassis, crushed rocks, graphite, and liquid violet notes all emerge from the 2016 Château Beauséjour, one of the magical wines in this great, great vintage. Possessing full-bodied richness, building tannin, world-class purity of fruit, and an incredible finish, it’s one of those “iron fist in a velvet glove” wines that carries awesome richness and depth, yet just glides over the palate with no sensation of weight or heaviness. This legendary Saint-Emilion needs 6-7 years of cellaring and will keep for 3-4 decades. Don’t miss this wine! 2026-2066.

Score: 100Jeb Dunnuck,, February 2019

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) slips seductively out of the glass with perfumed scents of candied violets, chocolate-covered cherries, lavender and baked plums with nuances of redcurrants, forest floor, mossy bark and new leather. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has bags of grace and finesse with a super fine-grained frame and lovely freshness lifting the intense, perfumed fruits to a very long, mineral-tinged finished. Gorgeous. 2022 - 2057

Score: 97Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim No), November 2018

The aromas of mushrooms, tobacco, vine bark, stones and black fruit. It changes so quickly and then comes back. Full-bodied and remarkably balanced, concentrated and structured. Such precision and beauty. Try after 2024.

Score: 98James Suckling, (223), February 2019

The 2016 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse has come together beautifully since I last tasted it. Nearly seamless in the glass, the 2016 is rich, unctuous and potent, with all of its elements in the right place. Nothing really sticks out. Instead, I am simply blown away by the wine's intensity, explosive power and overall pedigree. Time in the glass brings out hints of graphite, smoke, cured meats, licorice and dark spices, but it is the wine's balance that is most impressive today. In 2016, Nicolas Thienpont and his team crafted a Beauséjour of mind-boggling intensity and purity. Tasted three times.

Score: 99Antonio Galloni,, January 2019

The 2016 Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse has a finely tuned bouquet that has gained a little delineation and detail since I tasted it from barrel. There is now more mineralité and greater focus. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and a fine line of acidity, and the smooth texture belies the backbone underneath. The intense finish features small black cherries, melted tar and graphite notes. This is an excellent Saint-Émilion, though it will need several years in bottle. Drink 2025-2050.

Score: 95Neal Martin, (Jan 2019), January 2019

The 2016 Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked between 18 October and 21 October, matured in 55% new oak. The alcohol is 14.4%, with a pH of 3.38. It has a very perfumed bouquet with luscious red cherry and wild strawberry fruit, fine delineation, touches of truffle and smoke in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannin that belie the structure of this Saint Emilion. This has a gorgeous salinity and spiciness that lend it character, very long and persistent with a tang of black pepper on the aftertaste. This is a step up from the 2015 last year and should rest at the top of my banded score once in bottle.
Drink Date 2021 - 2040

Score: 93/95Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Very rich and edgy. Vegy edge. Massively ripe in the middle but not too ripe or sweet. Pretty dramatic. Dry end. Obviously classy stuff from a great terroir.
Drink 2025-2042

Score: 17+Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2017

This Saint Emilion property is managed by Nicolas Thienpont, assisted by consultant Stephane Derenoncourt. The 6.8 hectares of vines are planted with 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc. 2000 to 2500 cases are produced annually. The style of the wine is always modern, rich and extracted, however the style seems slightly toned back in 2016. Still deep purple in volour with ripe blackcurrant and damson fruit, the tannins are mouthcoating, rich and drying, but there is a line of acidity that prevents an over-sweet impression on the palate. Dense, extracted and powerful, this is still a high-octane style, but the touch of pure (if ripe) fruit and freshness brings more balance to the wine.

Score: 16Farr Vintners, April 2017

The fruit is ripe and sweet the nose has richness the palate depth of fruit a rich mix of red and black fruits. Bramble and red fruits give a lighter fresher feel to the mid and back palate the tannins are firm but integrated the finish quite tight at the moment. 2026-38

Score: 89/92Derek Smedley MW,, April 2017

Score: 89Tim Atkin MW,, April 2017

Wow, that is rich, tight and closed in. It is absolutely dancing with minerality, and just gets better and better on the palate. It doesn't try to force itself on you, but it certainly walks in the room five paces ahead. This is what St-Émilion can do, and could always have done if it didn't try so hard. A beautiful deep colour and pure fruit, what a lovely fresh, lifted but concentrated wine. Nicolas Thienpont is consultant here.

Drinking Window 2027 - 2050

Score: 96Jane Anson,, April 2017

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