Château Beychevelle, 4eme Cru Classé, St Julien, 2018

  Château Beychevelle

Romain Ducolomb is doing a wonderful job at Beychevelle. Superb efforts in 2015, 2016 and 2017 have been followed up with another stellar wine in 2018 - possibly the best of the lot. Quite fragrant initially with plenty of kirsch, flowers and exotic spice. It is ripe and fleshy with lots of silky Merlot character, plum coulis, plump, juicy bramble fruit and Chambord, interwoven with some gravelly minerality and starry cranberry. This is very sumptuous, even hedonistic, but there is harmony and a silky, luxurious feel to the tannins that makes this so appealing. Finishes with pure, ripe griotte. Delicious. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot.

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.