In 1992, Champagne Louis Roederer discovered two properties in the heart of the Saint-Estephe region - Chateau Picard and Chateau Beausejour -both of which received Cru Bourgeois status in 1932. Together, the pair formed an estate of nearly 31 hectares, including 27 hectares of vineyards. The new estate, called Chateau Haut-Beausejour, was an estate that had great development potential and this appealed to Champagne Louis Roederer. The most promising slopes covered about 20 hectares and intense work was carried out in these vineyards, restructuring them by limiting plant density. A quality charter for Chateau Haut-Beausejour was drawn up, covering vine size, de-budding, green harvesting, a return to manual harvesting and double grape selection firstly in the vineyards and then again at the sorting table at the Chateau. In 1993, the cellars and cuverie were entirely renovated and the Chateau was kitted out with top-of-the-range equipment. Chateau Haut-Beausejour is made from a selection of grapes from the finest slopes of Saint-Estephe combined with an expertise that brings the balance and distinction of the finest Medoc wines. With its fine tannic structure and rich colour from the Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) it also expresses a roundness and finesse of fruit from the Merlot (52%). Also present in the blend is Petit Verdot (3%) and Malbec (5%) which bring personality and complexity to the best vintages. Chateau Haut-Beausejour drinks well when young but has a capacity for ageing for several years.