About Chateau Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse 2016 St. Emilion, Premier Grand Cru Classe
Château Beauséjour-Duffau-Lagarrosse, is ranked Premier Grand Cru classé B in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine. Nicolas Thienpont, director of winemaking at Château Pavie Macquin, is in overall charge, assisted by consultant oenologists Michel Rolland and Stéphane Derenoncourt. The vineyard area is just 17 acres with the grape varieties of 81% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Over-achieving in every vintage, this 2016 is a resounding success.
Jeb Dunnuck scored this a perfect 100 points saying "Cassis, crushed rocks, graphite, and liquid violet notes all emerge from the 2016 Château Beauséjour, one of the magical wines in this great, great vintage. Possessing full-bodied richness, building tannin, world-class purity of fruit, and an incredible finish, it’s one of those “iron fist in a velvet glove” wines that carries awesome richness and depth, yet just glides over the palate with no sensation of weight or heaviness. This legendary Saint-Emilion needs 6-7 years of cellaring and will keep for 3-4 decades. Don’t miss this wine!"
Vinous scored this 99 points saying "The 2016 Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse has come together beautifully since I last tasted it. Nearly seamless in the glass, the 2016 is rich, unctuous and potent, with all of its elements in the right place. Nothing really sticks out. Instead, I am simply blown away by the wine's intensity, explosive power and overall pedigree. Time in the glass brings out hints of graphite, smoke, cured meats, licorice and dark spices, but it is the wine's balance that is most impressive today. In 2016, Nicolas Thienpont and his team crafted a Beauséjour of mind-boggling intensity and purity. Tasted three times."
James Suckling scored this 98 points saying "The aromas of mushrooms, tobacco, vine bark, stones and black fruit. It changes so quickly and then comes back. Full-bodied and remarkably balanced, concentrated and structured. Such precision and beauty. Try after 2024."
The Wine Advocate scored this 97 points saying "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Beausejour (Duffau Lagarrosse) slips seductively out of the glass with perfumed scents of candied violets, chocolate-covered cherries, lavender and baked plums with nuances of redcurrants, forest floor, mossy bark and new leather. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has bags of grace and finesse with a super fine-grained frame and lovely freshness lifting the intense, perfumed fruits to a very long, mineral-tinged finished. Gorgeous."
Decanter Magazine scored this 97 points saying "I just love this - it's compact, closed and tense, and yet aromatically rich, juicy and powerful. It's totally delicious and easily one of my favourite St-Emilion 2016s. It combines the austerity of limestone with the power and seductive appeal of clay. It will take its time opening, but will amply reward patience. Drinking Window 2026 - 2045."
Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded this an "Editors' Choice" and scored this 96 points saying "While this wine offers super ripe fruit, it also has the freshness that comes from the vintage. It is both opulent and juicy with spice and a smoky character from the judicious wood aging. Drink this generous wine from 2025."