Part of the Daniel Johnnes collection.
Daniel is the Wine Director for the Daniel Boulud restaurants, and imports a select portfolio of Bordeaux.
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|Wine maker notes
|Château Beauséjour prides itself on the care it bestowson its vineyard. Professional horticulturists are employed to preserve the plants and vines, some of which are over 100 years old. The pruning of the vines is done in the Guyot style, and the number of vine buds is limited in order to reduce the yield. As a result, grape bunches are evenly-distributed along the trunks of the vines, thus improving the maturation and preventing the development of different forms of blight. This methodical approach to viticulture is born from the Bernaults’ empirical backgrounds, he at Microsoft France and she at the French Atomic Energy Commission. In 2004, they bought Château Beauséjour and settled there with their three children. Their goal: to rebuild the reputation of the Beauséjour vineyard, situated on the finest terroir of Montagne-Saint-Émilion, and produce there one of the greatest wines of the region.
The vines are situated at the top of the hillside, on the south southwest-facing slope, stretching from outside the bell tower of the Montagne church to the mills of Calon. They benefit from very good chalky subsoil and a thin layer of chalky-clay soil. This is a warm terroir suitable for the maturity of the Merlot. The outstanding terroir and the low yields allow the estate to practice lutte raisonnée. That is to say that the growing methods and the vine cultivation aim to limit as much as possible the use chemical products. They are used only when no other natural solution is possible.
Vignerons: Pierre and Patricia Bernault
Soil type: Clay-limestone, limestone rock subsoil
Grape varieties: 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Franc
Average vine age: 45 years
Annual Production: 1250-1600 cases
Harvest: Grapes are harvested at full maturity after tasting by Stephane Derenoncourt. All grapes are picked and sorted by hand.
Vinification: Traditional Bordeaux style. Vats are equipped with thermoregulation. Malolactic fermentation done in barrels, 70% new.
Ageing: 18 months
|About the Montagne-Saint-Emilion Appellation:
It is the largest satellite appellation of Saint-Emilion. The village of Montagne lies opposite the Saint-Emilion Appellation and shares its major characteristics. Less well-known, its wines are wonderfully surprising. They are elegant, full-bodied and distinguished.
They are generally robust with wonderful Merlot and Cabernet Franc tannins contributing to their structure. Intense aromas of red berries, undergrowth and cherry are joined by blackberries and licorice to balance the power of these wines.