Red, For laying down

2014 Ch. Beaumont, Haut-Medoc

2014 Ch. Beaumont, Haut-Medoc

Red | For laying down | Chateau Beaumont | Code:  32653 | 2014 | France > Bordeaux > Haut-Medoc | Cab.Sauvignon Blend | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol

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Scores and Reviews

The Wine Advocate

88-90/100

Decanter

15.25/100

The Wine Advocate - The Château Beaumont 2014 has a slightly pinched nose at first, but there are appreciable dense blackberry and raspberry aromas interwoven with cedary new oak that surface with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with good weight in the mouth. It is not a complex Haut-Médoc but it dishes out freshness and crisp acidity, flavoursome and savory black fruit fanning out nicely on the finish. "Good Claret" - as they say.
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - eRobertParker.com #218 Apr 2015

Jancis - Deep cherry red. Fresh and lightly leafy in aroma but also attractively dark-fruited and dusty. Sober but inviting. Juicy with more plum-like fruit on the palate. Gentle texture, fresh, approachable. Falls away a little on the finish. 
Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com,19th October 2016

Decanter - Fine blackcurrant nose and nicely expressed fruit. Always an elegantly approachable wine.
James Lawther MW - decanter.com - Apr 2015

The Producer

Chateau Beaumont

Chateau Beaumont

Château Beaumont is a large Cru Bourgeois estate in the Haut-Médoc which can trace its history back to 1824. Beaumont was purchased by the GMF Insurance Company in 1986 - 3 years later, GMF teamed up with Suntory to form the company Grands Millésimes de France which now owns Beaumont.

Beaumont has 105 hectares of vineyards and the blend typically is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, with a small proportion of Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. The wines are matured in oak barrels (one-third new) for between 12 and 18 months, depending on the vintage.

Beaumont produces medium to full bodied, dry, well-balanced clarets, with firm but supple tannins, and wonderful cassis-scented, sweet, black fruit. Quintessential gentlemen's claret.

The Grape

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

The Region

Haut-Medoc

Haut-Medoc

Despite being as visually unprepossessing as the rest of the Médoc (despite its grandiose châteaux) this large red-wine appellation of Haut-Médoc is home to some of the world’s greatest wines. Its 4,500 hectares of vineyards form a largely continuous strip that follows the Gironde from St Seurin-de-Cadourne, just north of St Estèphe, to Blanquefort in the northern suburbs of Bordeaux.

All the great communes of the Left Bank fall within its boundaries: Margaux, St Julien, Pauillac and St Estèphe, as well as the up and coming Moulis and Listrac. These are labelled under their own, more illustrious and expensive appellation names. Châteaux labelled simply as Haut-Médoc rarely reach such heights, but nevertheless offer consistently good quality and offer some of the best value in Bordeaux.

Haut-Médoc wines tend to be firm and fine with generous fruit and a nice minerality – what many would consider ‘classic Claret’. They come from loftier vineyards and offer higher quality and more complexity than those labelled simply as ‘Médoc’. Almost all wines are a blend of the principal varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc – which helps producers hedge their bets if the slightly capricious climate causes one variety to fail. Small amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec and even Carmenère are also used.

The higher proportion of sand and gravel to the south tends to produce finer wines, while the heavier clay and gravel north of Margaux yields sturdier examples. The best Haut-Médocs are found north of Ludon, a village just below Margaux. These include five classified Growths: Third Growth Ch. La Lagune, underperforming Fourth Growth Ch. la Tour Carnet and Fifth Growths Ch. Cantemerle, Ch. Camensac and Ch. Belgrave – as well as a number of fine Cru Bourgeois. Ageing ability varies but the lesser wines are usually delicious after three to four years, lasting around a decade, while the Cru Classés have a drinkability window of around six to 15 years.

Recommended Châteaux (labelled as Haut-Médoc): Ch. Beaumont, Ch. Belgrave, Ch. Cantemerle, Ch. Peyrabon

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