Chateau Beaumont Haut-Medoc 2016

Chateau Beaumont Haut-Medoc 2016

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Chateau Beaumont was formed in 1772 although the first vines were not planted until 1824. From 1830 to 1847, the Marquis d'Aligre owned the estate and tripled the vineyard size. Shortly after that, the Bonnin brothers gained control of the estate and built the Renaissance styled Chateau. For the next 120 years, the chateau was bought and sold numerous times. The 12th life of Chateau Beaumont began in 1986 when Grand Millesimes de France purchased the estate. Grand Millesimes de France is a joint venture between Suntory Group and the Castel group.


Chateau Beaumont is planted to 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. It has one of the largest vineyard in the Medoc which covers 114 hectares all in a single block.

Grands Millesimes de France also owns Chateau Beychevelle and the Bordeaux negociant firm of Barriere Freres.
Wine Advocate: 90
The 2016 Beaumont, owned by Suntory and Castel, has a rather conservative bouquet, a little backward and surly compared to its peers with undergrowth aromas coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, quite lithe and agile in the mouth, a wine willing to go out and please and not worry too much about cellaring. Whilst it does not quite have the complexity of the 2015, it is still a mouthful of potentially delicious wine.
Decanter: 89
From the Beychevelle team, this is a good wine. The mid-palate fills out with brambly fruit, and it is a little rustic on the finish. An even split between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with 8% Petit Verdot.
Wine Enthusiast: 93
This wine comes from an estate that is showing great improvement, the wine showing power and concentration. Brimming with delicious black fruits, it will age well and is likely to be ready after 2025.
James Suckling: 92
A juicy and pretty wine with berry and chocolate character, a medium body and a clean finish. Clearly better than the 2015.