47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot, 46 hl/ha, 30% new oak. Cool dark fruit, menthol and herbs. One the palate there are dark fruits, earth, black plum, cinnamon and sweet toast. This is not the most stylish Beaumont we have tasted from barrel - a bit earthy and unresolved.
The long history of Château Beaumont dates back to the late 18th Centruy. After passing through the illustrious hands of various Lieutenant Colonels, Senators, and an ambitious industrialist, it eventually came to Bernard Soulas in the eighties who completely redeveloped the vineyard and Château. In 1986, it was acquired by the current owners, Société Grands Millésimes de France, who also preside over St Julien's Beychevelle. The vineyards are planted on deep gravelly soils in the Haut-Médoc between Margaux and St Julien. Dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, the wines are characterised by their charm, silky texture and reliable, text-book Bordeaux flavours.
The Haut Medoc is a sub region of the Medoc, which covers some 4,643 hectares and incorporates communes such as St Estephe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux. Given the size of this appellation, there are a variety of different terroirs including clay, chalk and gravel. Most famous estates within the Haut Medoc defer to their more specific appellations, however, there are five classified growths that belong to the generic Haut Medoc AOC, The most famous being La Lagune and Cantemerle. Jean Gautreau’s Sociando Mallet is another noteworthy Haut Medoc estate.