Château Haut-Beauséjour 2016 Saint-Estéphe, Bordeaux, France

Château Haut-Beauséjour 2016 Saint-Estéphe, Bordeaux, France

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Château Haut-Beauséjour 2016 Saint-Estéphe, Bordeaux, France

Winemaker: Nicolas Glumineau

Farming: Sustianable

Varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Terroir: Clay, Gravel

Vinification: Traditional

Aging: Matured in 100% small oak casks for 12 months, 40% of which are new French oak.

Tasting notes: Light notes of vanilla, cigar smoke, and clove- this also helps round out the sharp tannic edges of Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon.  Tuffle and cedar-infused black fruit

From our October 2020 Wine Club:

In 1992, Jean-Claude Rouzaud, oenologist and Board Chairman of Champagne Louis Roederer, acquired and combined two Cru Bourgeois vineyards in the heart of the Medoc‘s prestigious Saint-Estèphe appellation: Château Picard and Château Beauséjour. Together, these properties make up what is now called Château Haut-Beauséjour.

Winemaker Nicolas Glumineau began his career at Château Haut-Brion in 2005 and Château Margaux in 2006. In 2012, he became the general manager and winemaker at Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse-de-Lalande (Pauillac), Château de Pez (Saint-Estèphe) and Château Haut-Beauséjour. If you follow Bordeaux at all, you might know that this is some incredible pedigree.

The proportion of Merlot in this cuvée  is higher relative to other châteaux in the appellation (the “Left Bank” of Bordeaux is known for being Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant). Because of slightly more clay in these vineyards, Merlot grows beautifully and gives the wine a more fleshy aspect than you find in neighboring Pauillac. This makes the wine more approachable at a younger age yet provides enough structure for aging.  It is matured in 100% small oak casks for 12 months, 40% of which are new French oak. This is where you get the light notes of vanilla, cigar smoke, and clove- this also helps round out the sharp tannic edges of Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon.  Tuffle and cedar-infused black fruit.

James Suckling called this vintage “generous, dramatic but forthrightly tannic”, so we would say that Château Haut-Beausejour can be enjoyed young (yes, 2016 is considered “young” for Bordeaux) when decanted for an hour or two before consuming to soften the tannins and open its aromatic bouquet. If you have the stamina, however, it can only improve over the next ten years.

Bordeaux like this will be lovely with a hearty family dinner- think brisket, beef stews, roasted lamb, or coq au vin.

 


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