Château Beychevelle, 4ème Cru Classé, St Julien
Château Beychevelle

Château Beychevelle, 4ème Cru Classé, St Julien,



Château Beychevelle, 4ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2008

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Château Beychevelle, 4ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2008

This Fourth growth St Julien is really hitting its stride. For decades the quality at the is estate based on the deep Garonne gravel close to the estuary has varied dramatically. We are pleased to report that along with consistency we are now noticing a real surge in quality too. The 2008 Beychevelle is a wonderful wine and rivals their magnificent 2005. Beautiful nose of violets and cassis. Very cool style, strict, precise flavours. Stunning, cool, intense fruit core. A really delicious Beychevelle and one of the stars of the appellation.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
A blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2008 Beychevelle is medium to deep garnet-brick in color. It storms out with pronounced notes of preserved plums, blackcurrant pastilles, and mincemeat pie, followed by nuances of chocolate box, star anise, and new leather. The medium-bodied palate delivers a sturdy backbone of chewy tannins and soft acidity to support the well-sustained, spicy mid-palate, finishing with a peppery lift.
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Neal Martin, Vinous
The 2008 Beychevelle was undeservedly relegated to the "off-vintages" during this tasting, but it is certainly not that. This has plenty of blackberry, cedar, ash and pencil lead scents on the nose. It has real Saint-Julien typicité. The palate is medium-bodied with solid tannins. The texture feels a bit gritty, but there is freshness and classicism from start to finish, with just the right amount of dryness on the finish. Very fine. Tasted at the Beychevelle vertical at the property.
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Château Beychevelle

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.

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