2001 Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarosse, St-Emilion

SKU #1071786 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A wine of considerable nobility and breed, the 2001 Beausejour Duffau possesses a classic perfume of crushed stones and blueberries. This delicate, elegant offering is clearly a wine of terroir. Its subtle nature, pure, stylish flavors, and striking aromatics make it easy to dismiss in a blind peer group tasting, but do not make that mistake. There is a lot going on here, and the wine’s personality as well as complexity are stunning. It should hit its prime in 1-3 years, and drink well for 12-15.  (6/ 2004)

89 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe fruit aromas of plums with hints of leather follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Silky. Refined. Best after 2007.  (3/ 2004)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Slightly stewy aromas of currant and plum. Fat and chunky but decidedly dry; offers more breadth than definition or sweetness of flavor. Finishes with big, dusty tannins that reach the teeth.  (5/ 2004)

K&L Notes

From Jancis Robinson: "Succulent and lively and complete. Juicy and beguiling. Long. Fresh and mineral." (03/2011)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/17/2011  | Send Email
This was one of my favorites of the tasting, showing more elegance and restraint than extracted fruit. The nose is perfumed and heady with raspberry, mushroom and roasted herbs. The raspberry and plum fruit are still evident on the palate, but take a back seat to the tobacco, mushroom, mineral and herbal flavors. It’s medium-bodied, with integrated tannins and a long finish that has more dusty mushroom and herbal aromas. The wine needs decanting (for the tasting I decanted it for two hours), and because it still has some acidity evident on the finish, I would suggest having it with dinner.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/9/2011  | Send Email
Less than a third of the price of their 2010. I think it deserved 92 points. I love its elegance and texture.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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