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.
The 20 hectare Saint-Estèphe vineyard of Château Haut-Beauséjour is dominated by Merlot. The vineyard is planted to 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. The terroir is gravel and clay with some limestone.
The wine of Château Haut-Beauséjour is vinified in traditional, large wood vats and aged in about 35% new, French oak barrels for about 12 months. On average, close to 8,500 cases of Château Haut-Beauséjour are produced every year. Vatting: 22-30 days.
The month of June saw ideal conditions for ripening although July and August were much more dreary. September, on the other hand, brought a glorious and endless Indian Summer. These weather conditions, much appreciated in Bordeaux, laid the foundations for this classic and highly promising vintage. The harvesting lasted 5 long weeks as we harvested each parcel at optimum ripeness. This vintage gave powerful, generous and very expressive Merlots, distinctive and elegant Cabernet Sauvignons and exceptionally complex Cabernet Francs and Petit Verdots. The wines are powerful, voluptuous, rich and well-balanced.
Tobacco and cold cinders on the nose. Long, rich palate with notes of morello cherry and blackcurrant. Fine supple tannins and a fresh acidity adds energy and poise to the wine.
Lamb, red meats, cheese, truffle.
Serve at 16º-18º C.
Decanter: 90 POINTS
May 21, 2018, Jane Anson
“Another Roederer-owned St Estèphe property at the time, although it was sold to the owner of Laffitte-Carcasset in 2017. It displays good quality plump, fresh red fruits, fairly restrained at first but slowly building alongside the tannins – you can feel those black spices and red fruits beginning to uncurl. Wait a few more years before opening.”
Wine Spectator: 91 POINTS
March 2017, James Molesworth
“A ripe style, with enticing raspberry and black currant confiture notes studded with singed spice and black tea details. A good tobacco underpinning keeps this honest, though the relatively fleshy edge will give this more immediate appeal. Best from 2018 through 2024.”
Vinous Media: 91 POINTS
February 1, 2017, Antonio Galloni
“The 2014 Haut-Beauséjour is delicious and expressive… Fine-grained tannins add to an impression of restraint while giving the wine lovely persistence. Graphite, gravel, herb and dark fruit notes add nuance throughout.”
AOC Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux
75% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Petit Verdot