Chateau Haut Beausejour Saint-Estephe 2013 75cl

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Country France
Region Bordeaux
Brand Château Haut Beausejour
Grape Variety Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Size 75cl
ABV 13%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2011
Food Match Red Meats with powerful flavours such as Lamb or Game
Style Medium to Full Bodied

This is the little brother of Château de Pez. Blend of 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and 59% Merlot and a clear, purple ruby colour. The nose is fruity and spicy, fresh on the attack, and then evolves on a powerful structure, caused by fine, ripe tannins. Nice balance where the fruit and spices dominate and a great finish with a velvety, fleshy mouth.

With supple, firm tannins, this wine has the austerity of the vintage but the flavours are soft and round with no harshness or rough edges.

Country Of Origin: France

In 1992, Champagne Louis Roederer discovered in the heart of the Saint-Estèphe, two properties forming an area of nearly 31 hectares: Picard Castle and Château Beauséjour, both classified Cru Bourgeois in 1932. The new owners created one large estate from both chateaux, thus, Château Haut Beauséjour was born. A few years later, Château Haut Beauséjour sold 17 hectares of what they considered to be less desirable vineyard land to the negociant Mahler Besse. Following the purchase and creation of the Left Bank estate, Château Haut Beauséjour enjoyed significant improvements from its new owners in the vineyards and wine making facilities.

In 1993 the winery was completely restored and the vineyard redefined to use the same technical wine making team and philosophy as their sister property in St. Estèphe, de Pez. Some of the changes include manual sorting, green harvesting and most importantly, increasing the percentage of Merlot as well as the amount of new oak Haut Beauséjour is aged in. All of this has clearly boosted the quality of Haut Beauséjour. All these improvements are easily seen when tasting the wines from vintages 2009 forward.

The 20 hectare St. 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.

Country Of Origin: France

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