About Chateau Haut Beausejour 2018 Saint Estephe
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 winemaker here is none other than Nicolas Glumineau who 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. Talk about a winemaker with high pedigree Bordeaux experience!
The appellation of St. Estèphe is unique by its proximity to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gironde River. The soil consists of gravel over clay, providing good drainage and a temperate, maritime climate, which is excellent for the maturation of the grapes.
The proportion of Merlot is higher relative to other châteaux in the appellation in order to give the wine a more fleshy aspect. This makes the wine more approachable at a younger age yet provides enough structure for aging.
The blend for the 2018 Vintage is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and spent 12 months in French Oak Barrels, 40% of which were new.
Forbes Magazine rated this wine 96 Points! And listen to this glowing review.... “A gorgeously balanced symphony of fruit – with invisible tannins and luscious acidity. Aromas include dark blackberries, graphite and birch bark. In the mouth, a flavor of strawberries on the attack and cherries on the finish. Still young and will age well for decades. A winner!”
A tremendous value for a St. Estephe wine of this caliber from one of the most iconic vintages ever in the Medoc!