Château Beaumont is a Bordeaux that punches well above its price tag. The blend has more Merlot (45%) than most wines from the Haut-Medoc giving the wine a rich and silky palate with notes of cedar and cassis. 2015 is a forward, drinking now vintage, but the wine will improve for another 3-5 years. Great with grilled steak or roast lamb.
Left bank Bordeaux is usually a blend of around 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc giving wines with medium body and unparalleled elegance with cassis, spice, cedar and pencil shaving character.
Located between St Julien and Margaux, Château Beaumont aims to produce a rich and crowd pleasing wine. The 114 hectare estate is planted 53 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot with an average age of 20 years for the vines. The vineyard is farmed on environmentally friendly principles, having used Terra Vitis and integrated farming techniques since 2004.
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.
The perfect balance of acidity and sweetness with restrained flavours makes these wines fairly versatile matching well with red meats such as roast lamb or roast beef. Also excellent with hard cheese.
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