2003 Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarosse, St-Emilion

SKU #1021280 92 points Wine Spectator

 What a beautiful and opulent wine. Aromas of chocolate, berry and raspberry. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins. Long finish. Elegant. Best after 2008. (JS)  (7/2006)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The elegant, medium-bodied 2003 Beausejour-Duffau reveals notes of crushed rocks, raspberries, licorice, forest floor and underbrush. The tannins are fully resolved, and the wine remains well-delineated and fresh. It should drink well for another decade. (RP)  (8/2014)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good healthy dark color. Sexy aromas of currant, blueberry jam, chocolate and smoky oak, with complicating hints of leather and minerals. Silky and lively in the mouth, with ripe acids framing the currant and maraschino cherry flavors. In a flight of premiers grands crus classes, this one stood out for its freshness, even coolness, in the context of the vintage. Finishes with substantial oak and notes of mint and menthol.  (6/2006)

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Saint Emilion