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Château Haut-Beauséjour

In 1992, Champagne Louis Roederer discovered two properties in the heart of the Saint-Estèphe region – Château Picard and Château Beauséjour – both of which received Cru Bourgeois status in 1932. Together, the pair formed an estate of nearly 31 hectares, including 27 hectares of vineyards. The new estate, called Château Haut-Beauséjour, was an estate that had great development potential and this appealed to Champagne Louis Roederer.

The most promising slopes covered about 20 hectares and intense work was carried out in these vineyards, restructuring them by limiting plant density. A quality charter for Château Haut-Beauséjour was drawn up, covering vine size, de-budding, green harvesting, a return to manual harvesting and double grape selection firstly in the vineyards and then again at the sorting table at the Château. In 1993, the cellars and cuverie were entirely renovated and the Château was kitted out with top-of-the-range equipment.

Château Haut-Beauséjour is made from a selection of grapes from the finest slopes of Saint-Estèphe combined with an expertise that brings the balance and distinction of the finest Médoc wines. With its fine tannic structure and rich colour from the Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) it also expresses a roundness and finesse of fruit from the Merlot (52%). Also present in the blend is Petit Verdot (3%) and Malbec (5%) which bring personality and complexity to the best vintages. Château Haut-Beauséjour drinks well when young but has a capacity for ageing for several years.

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Château Haut-Beauséjour 2013 — Château Haut-Beauséjour

Château Haut-Beauséjour 2013

AOC Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux

62% Cabernet Sauvignon
32% Merlot
6% Petit Verdot

Tasting note

Complex and fresh on the nose dominated by aromas of tangy, vibrant fruit. Soft and refreshing on the palate with notes of rhubarb and praline on the finish.

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Château Haut-Beauséjour 2012 — Château Haut-Beauséjour

Château Haut-Beauséjour 2012

AOC Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux

48% Cabernet Sauvignon
47% Merlot
3% Cabernet franc
2% Petit Verdot

Tasting note

The wines are voluptuous and full-bodied with beautiful colour and silky tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon presents a tight yet very elegant tannic structure.
The Cabernet Franc is complex, bringing fine spicy notes (black pepper) to the blend, while the Petit Verdot, planted on moist, hot terroir, brings a very flowery expression to the wine. Yields were kept low in order to extract the best from the vintage and achieve a balanced, dense, voluptuous wine, offering elegance and superb aromatic complexity.

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Château Haut-Beauséjour 2011 — Château Haut-Beauséjour

Château Haut-Beauséjour 2011

AOC Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux

40% Cabernet Sauvignon
60% Merlot

Tasting note

Aromas of figs and prunes, with rich crimson, intense blackcurrant fruit on the nose. Then much lighter on the palate but also offering spiced sweetness. A touch of pleasant dryness on the finish.

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Château Haut-Beauséjour 2010 — Château Haut-Beauséjour

Château Haut-Beauséjour 2010

AOC Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux

47% Cabernet Sauvignon
53% Merlot

Tasting note

This Saint-Estèphe combines smoke, espresso bean, red and black fruit and hints of spice for a wine with freshness, and backbone. There is no doubt that this is another outstanding vintage, which has different characteristics from the previous one. 2009 had more softness and roundness in its style, whereas 2010 is more than ever Bordeaux, close to 1989, 2000 and 2005-all great vintages.

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