2015 & 2016 Château Beaumont Ex-cellar Offer: Two exceptional vintages nearing their peakFriday, July 24
The quality of many Cru Bourgeois wines has improved enormously in recent years, none more so than our perennial Haut-Médoc favourite, Château Beaumont, which last year was elevated to 'Cru Bourgeois Superieur' status. We recently re-tasted the superb 2015 and were so impressed that we have sought more stock of this and the excellent 2016 in Bordeaux. We offer both ex-cellars, due to land in Spring 2020.
Beaumont was established as an estate in 1772, but vines were first planted in 1824 (the chateau was added in 1854). At 113 hectares this is one of larger Cru Bourgeois, professionally run under the ownership of Grands Millésimes de France, who also own Beychevelle and Lagrange. This château has always tended toward a structured style (an 'Englishman's claret'); a winning combination when the additional fruit concentration of recent vintages is added.
Situated in the Haut-Médoc between Margaux and St Julien, the free-draining sandy and Gunzian gravel soils here tend to become very dry during hotter summers. In these conditions, hydric stress is beneficial to the quality of the fruit, forcing the vines to turn all of their energy away from producing foliage and into small, concentrated berries.
Vines at Beaumont
The vineyard is planted to 53 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, with an average vine age of 20 years (after extensive replanting in the 1980s). The wine is aged on average for 12-14 months in oak, with a third of the barrels renewed each year.
The wine is aged for around 1 year in 30% new oak
We offered you the 2015 last year after Neal Martin's superb review from the annual 'Southwold Tasting'. More recently Andy Howard MW reviewed the 2016 for Decanter, findin bramble fruits and a 'cool' character to the tannins. The richness and generosity of the 2015 is a lovely counterpoint to the more elegant 2016. In our opinion both will be at their peak from next year and will stay there for another five years or so, before further graceful ageing.
2015 Château Beaumont, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois
"One of the standouts in my Cru Bourgeois tasting was the 2015 Château Beaumont. This charming, plump, medium-bodied beauty has real class as well as traditional notes of ripe cherries, flowers, tobacco leaf and underbrush. With moderate tannin and an already approachable style, enjoy it over the coming decade or so. It’s well worth seeking out. 90 points." Jeb Dunnuck, Nov 2017
"The 2015 Beaumont feels quite sophisticated on the nose with wild strawberry and subtle pressed flower scents. The palate is medium-bodied with firm grip and fine tannin, plus plenty of classic tobacco-infused fruit on the finish. This is a superb wine from Beaumont. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting. 91 points." Neal Martin, Jul 2019
"Seriously savory and texturally complex this is a powerful wine that’s also very fresh. I love the long, crisp finish. If this had a little bit more concentration it would be sensational. Drink or hold. 92 points." James Suckling, Feb 2018
£130 IB per dozen bottles; £115 per six magnums
2016 Château Beaumont, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois
"A classy cru bourgeois from Cussac, just south of St-Julien. With virtually equal shares of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, spiced up with 3% Petit Verdot, this is a suave Haut-Médoc with bramble fruit and classic, cool Bordeaux tannins, while retaining the generosity and balance of the 2016 vintage. 91 points." Andy Howard MW, Decanter Magazine, Jun 2020
"The 2016 Beaumont has quite a powerful bouquet with dense black fruit, boysenberry and cedar, traces of pencil lead developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite spicy compared to its peers, then it reins everything back in for what is a refined finish. Classy stuff, but I would afford this a couple of years in bottle. Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois tasting in London. 91 points." Neal Martin, Oct 2018
"A juicy and pretty wine with berry and chocolate character, a medium body and a clean finish. Clearly better than the 2015. 91-92 points." James Suckling, April 2017
£120 IB per dozen
Offered ex-chateau, due to land in the UK in Spring 2021. Priced in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and onward delivery, payable at the prevailing rate on release from bond. Stock subject to availability, E&OE.