Bordeaux’s Chateau Beausejour winery is known for producing fantastic red wines. The Ideal Wine Company introduces you to the Chateau Beausejour wine-making estate.
Welcome to Bordeaux
Based in South-West France, Bordeaux is one of the most prestigious wine-producing areas on earth. Wine Searcher notes that Bordeaux is known for its “dry, medium bodied” “legendary reds,” made from grapes such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It is also a popular holiday destination for wine enthusiasts, with a unique new wine museum recently opening in the region.
Bordeaux’s legendary reds are produced in a number of towns across the region, including Saint Emilion. Based near the Dordogne River, Saint Emilion is known for producing Merlot and Cabernet Franc-based wines, although other grapes such as Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon are also grown here. The nearby area houses some of Bordeaux’s most iconic wineries, such as Chateau Beausejour.
Located on the left bank of Dordogne River, just two-and-a-half miles from Saint Emilion, the Chateau Beausejour winery was built in 1851. This wine estate stretches across 37 acres of land, possessing 30 acres of vines. The average age of vines grown at Chateau Beausejour is 55 years old and the estate produces two grape varietals; Merlot (70%) and Cabernet Franc (30%).
Chateau Beausejour’s vines are rooted within 8-20 inches of deep chalky-clay soil, which lays on top of a fissured limestone base. Planted on a gentle, South/South-West facing slope, Chateau Beausejour’s vineyards receive the sunlight levels and natural drainage that vines need to thrive. Chateau Beausejour explains that the region is “well ventilated,” meaning that vines can be cultivated in the “good, healthy environment” needed to ensure “grapes can be harvested at optimal ripeness.”
Capitalising on this outstanding terroir, Chateau Beausejour has turned itself into one of Bordeaux’s premier red wine-makers. Some of its vines were planted as far back as 1901! The chalky-clay soil that characterises the estate allows for the production of a distinctive wine, which is ideal for aging.
Today, Chateau Beausejour produces a wide variety of wines. If you want to sample a top-of-the-range product, you could always opt for Chateau Beausejour’s eponymous line of products, which you can buy from Ideal Wine Company. Produced from grapes grown on the estate’s best plots, these red wines are rich, complex products which are sure to blow you away.