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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Chateau Haut-Beausejour Saint-Estephe 2009
Chateau Haut-Beausejour Saint-Estephe 2009
(search item no. 114096)
James Suckling rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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:

This wine has an attractive deep color, the sign of a wine that is rich in phenolic compounds. On the nose, there are massive amounts of fruit aromas intermixed with very subtle spicy aromas, the sign of perfectly ripe grapes. The attack is silky and round, developing density but remaining fresh. Concentrated fruity flavors come through with lovely ripe tannins, providing good body on the mid-palate. The whole is both rich and silky; the length of flavors is amazing, leaving a finish packed with flavor, which is not at all drying. The ageing in barrel should provide extra aromatic complexity and roundness. The aim is to preserve the balance, freshness and juicy crispness of this wine.
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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.