Château Beychevelle, 4eme Cru Classé, St Julien, 2009

  Château Beychevelle

£960.00 for 12x75cl
2 cs
£1050.00 for 12x75cl
2 cs

We liked Beychevelle 2009 so much we tasted it three times. There is an unusually high percentage of Merlot at Beychevelle. Most neighbours are producing wines with 70% plus Cabernet Sauvignon, but the management are philosophical and accept that this can't be changed over-night. Efforts are being made to grub up Merlot parcels in plots more suited to Cabernet, but this process takes time. In the meantime, they do the best with what they have, and the results are sensational. The 2009, like all the vintages from this decade is beautifully poised, gently extracted, elegant and unforced. Notes of damsons, herbs, cut violets, crème de cassis, graphite and cooked meats. The attack is pure and laced with soft ripe fruit, hints of chocolate and liqueur fruits. This is very pretty, with wonderful vitality, stunning texture; and beautifully constructed with graceful, velvety tannins.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Beychevelle

The 4th growth Château Beychevelle sits on the main road in St. Julien, its vineyards stretching north towards Ducru-Beaucaillou. Ships passing by on the Gironde used to honour long time owner the Duc d'Eperon, who was Grand Admiral of France, by lowering their sails('Baisse Voile'). From this tradition came the name Beychevelle. The vineyards are planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and average approximately 25 years old. Grapes are hand picked and de-stemmed before vinifcation. Elevage takes place in 50% new oak for up to 18 months. Beychevelle has leaned towards a more masculine style of wine in recent years, due to higher proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon, more extraction and higher new oak levels. However it has not lost any of its elegance, charm, balance and has an ability to age seamlessly over 20 years.

Appellation: St Julien

St-Julien may not have any first growths like its neighbour Pauillac but has a raft of high-performing Châteaux in its ranks, second through to fourth growths, Including Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Las Cases, Léoville-Poyferré, Léoville-Barton. Gruaud-Larose and Talbot. For many St-Julien is quintessential claret, robust, powerful but refined subtle and poised. Gravelly soils dominate, hence wide plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc | Petit Verdot

The full complement of permitted Bordeaux varieties (excluding the rarely used Carmenere & Malbec) and the classic left bank Bordeaux blend. The Cabernets and Merlots usually dominate the blend with small percentages of Petit Verdot blended in for colour, structure and complexity. Several producers outside of Bordeaux have tried to emulate this with a Bordeaux style blend of their own, a particularly successful example being Cain Cellars in the Napa Valley and their splendid Cain Five.