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Date Printed: 12/27/2014
Chateau Haut-Beausejour Saint-Estephe 1997
Chateau Haut-Beausejour Saint-Estephe 1997
(search item no. 8894)

PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $18.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 James Suckling rating: 90 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grapes: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 58% Merlot, 3% Cot and 5% Petit Verdot.

Tasting: Deep garnet red in appearance with a purple luster. On the nose, where the full impression has yet to develop, there is a suggestion of summer berries with notes of blackcurrant. The tasting reveals a wine of rather supple attack, distinguished by a firm, tannic structure which is the mark of all Cabernet Sauvignons and which a further year's development will help to render more supple.

Kept in reserve for the time being, the 1997 Château Haut-Beauséjour still has some years' maturation to go before coming into its own. A masculine wine of classic Saint-Estèphe style.

My Notes:

About Château Haut-Beausejour:

In 1992, Jean-Claude Rouzaud, oenologist and president of Champagne Louis Roederer, acquired and combined two Cru Bourgeois vineyards in the heart of the Medoc's prestigious Saint-Estèphe appellation: Chateau Picard and Château Beauséjour. Together, these properties make up what is now called "Château Haut-Beauséjour."

In keeping with his passion for quality, Mr. Rouzaud made improvements in the vineyards, furnished the winery with state-of-the-art equipment, and surrounded himself with an accomplished team. Each year, Mr. Rouzaud participates in the blending of the wine himself to ensure excellence.