For the Australian wine drinker, if I am to be a bit blunt, the wines of the Bordeaux Supérieur appellation usually make for a mixed, generally sparse, hunting ground, their main redeeming feature being low prices. Fresher, more interesting and consistent wines, can often be found locally at similar price points. Reflecting perhaps the grand vintage in Bordeaux in 2009, this vintage of Chateau Beaulieu (hitherto untasted by me) is in fact quite good.
A medium intensity ruby in colour, it opens to an aroma of fresh plums and brine, before settling into a more brooding expression of blackcurrants. Blackcurrants are predominant on a balanced palate, with a little bit of length, fine grained tannins and cedar rounding it out. Although unmistakably a Bordeaux Supérieur, this I think is a very good example of one, and can be consumed over the next few years. 84-85 points (good-very good)
Vendors: Vintage Cellars
Tasted: July 2012