The history of Château Beausejour Duffau Lagarosse dates back to the year 1847, when it was still part of what is now Château Beau-Séjour Bécot. Some 20 years after it was founded, the estate became the property of Pierre-Paulin Ducarpe. The winery then includes 14 hectares of vineyards located in Saint-Émilion. Pierre chooses to split up the winery and divide it between his two children. Both receive 50% of the vineyards. His daughter, who bears her husband's name, renames her share and thus Château Beauséjour Duffau Lagarrosse is born. In 2021, the château was taken over by the Courtin-Clarins family, known for the cosmetics company Clarins. Despite the takeover, Joséphine Duffau-Lagarosse is still in charge of running the business.
Over the years, three key Bordeaux winemakers and consultants have contributed to the winery's success. These were the three gentlemen Nicolas Thienpont, Stephane Derenoncourt and Michel Rolland. Yields have been reduced, quality selection is stricter and harvesting now takes place later than before. Thus, the grapes have better ripeness. In addition, the planting density of the vineyards has also been increased. The plots comprise 7 hectares and have a south to southwest exposure. This allows the vines to fully enjoy the sun. The planting consists mainly of merlot, supplemented by cabernet franc and a small amount of cabernet sauvignon. After harvesting, the bunches are destemmed and fermented in open vats. The wine then matures for an average of 18 months in barrels of 75% new French oak.
Beausejour Duffau Lagarosse only received real global acclaim after its legendary 1990 vintage. Robert Parker rated this wine with 100 points, making it their most coveted vintage at any time. Similar success followed only 20 years later, when the 2009 was also awarded the maximum number of points by Parker!Read more