2019 Château Beaumont: £100 IB per dozMonday, May 25
"Now, this is a bloody great Beaumont. 91-93 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
Released this morning, the 2019 vintage from Château Beaumont is a great reminder of what great value Bordeaux can offer. Beaumont has been on a roll of late, with the 2015, '16, '17 and '18 vintages all registering with the critics as being notably excellent in quality. 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. Neal Martin's comment and score sum-up our experience of tasting a cask sample recently. Surprisingly elegant and refined, the 2019 shows the aromatic complexity of the vintage whilst being recognisably Beaumont.
With the same owners as Lagrange and Beychevelle, this is one of the larger Cru Bourgeois vineyards. The free-draining sandy and gravel soils here tend to become very dry during hotter summers, like 2019. 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. Happily, despite the hot summer, the high rainfall during the preceding winter meant that there were ample reserves of groundwater for the vine roots to draw on.
In 2019 the harvest ran from September 23rd to October 5th. The final blend was 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot.
2019 Chateau Beaumont, Cru Bourgeois Haut Medoc En Primeur
"The 2019 Beaumont impresses on the nose with intense blackberry and briary aromas, sous-bois and tobacco, all whilst maintaining its delineation. The palate is supple and silky on the entry. There is well judged acidity, plenty of cedar and seaweed, tinged black fruit and a spicy finish. Now, this is a bloody great Beaumont. 91-93 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
£100 IB per dozen bottles; £115 per six magnums