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Chateau Beaumont 2013

eep ruby colour tight rim. Generous merlot fruit(cherries and raspberry) and somewhat simple than most Haut Medoc CBs. The second nose is ripe, fresh, forward red fruit(red currants and strawberries), wood spices, and tones of leather, coffee, and toffee. The palate reflects the nose and is red-fruited, with a structure of firm, smoky tannins. Medium bodied by CB Standard(higher alcohol, acidities, tannins, fruit); raised juice and lively acidity. The attack is silky on the palate with a tannic structure in balance. Years in bottle harmonized and has equipped it with supple tannins with density kept intact. The lightly oaky aromas are elegant and contribute to the medium aromatic finish.

A solid and straightforward CB who is opening well now. A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot, so quite some complexity from early design. We have tasted quite some vintages from this Chateau Beaumont and find that this little wine is made so that patience is required when drinking it. Regardless of vintage, it always starts with a conservative bouquet, a little backward and unfriendly compared to its peers, with undergrowth aromas coming through with aeration. Despite the vintage, the high Cabernet content is another explanation for the 'grumpiness'. General scores are from 85 to 89; hence the price is excellent.

We give a score of 91.

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