Chateau Beauséjour Les Maurins 2012 Saint-Émilion

Bordeaux, France; imported by AW Direct
70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc; 13% ABV
$12 at the Richmond, CA, store around 23 Nov

ChBeausejourLesMaurins_2012_StEmilionOn opening and for a while after, this wine showed only hints of its full self.  However, they were very pleasant aromatic hints, so if you like to “watch” a wine air, it would be fine along the way if you’re not eating strong foods.  IMO, it needed 2+ hours in a decanter to open up, showing elegant and tasty flavors of black cherry, purple plum / almost blackberry, riper red currant / cherry, black pepper, and a little herbs, tar, and coffee.  The body is rather light, but it does taste like St-Émilion, and its fresh fruit and lighter-weight but definite tannic finish seem to mean it will last for at least 2 or three years.  On the first night, my reaction is this is reasonably tasty wine for the price, especially if you are fond of this region of Bordeaux, but not an amazing discovery.

The next day, the saved single-glass screwcap bottle still needed a bit of air to show similar flavors, a lot more forward, better integrated, and less overtly complex.  I think about the same of it as I did on the first night: pretty good wine that tastes like it should, but not a great bargain for the price.


4 thoughts on “Chateau Beauséjour Les Maurins 2012 Saint-Émilion

  1. Eric Munsterman

    I’m drinking some right now… I think i agree with your initial evaluation… A little tight but promise of better things… It will be interesting to see it open up…

  2. Expat

    I tried this last night with a grilled top sirloin. Unfortunately I didn’t give it the time to open up that you recommended. The first observation was its dryness – classic French, earthy, bone dryness. It definitely opened up to express some restrained fruit flavors. I really like this overall style and think your review is very accurate. I think it’s a very solid wine for those who like the old world profile but, as you say, not a killer deal.

  3. Expat

    Really glad you reviewed this. I was curious about it and intrigued. From what you say I’ll definitely take a flyer on a bottle. Sounds like the style I like.

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      You can drink this wine for the first few years you are waiting for that Bensse Medoc to come around. 🙂


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