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

    Château Beychevelle, 4ème Cru Classé, St Julien,



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

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Château Beychevelle, 4ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2009

    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.

    Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
    Juicy, richly textured, plenty of depth here, rich red and black fruits, stretching out through the palate, fresh on the finish, this takes time to open and is still young in feel, not as generous as some 2009s but captures the graphite and gunsmoke of a Left Bank Cab and will keep on delivering. Harvest September 21 to 12 October, 60% new oak for ageing.
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
    A blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2009 Beychevelle is deep garnet-brick in color. A little closed and broody to begin, it soon opens out to notes of tar, warm cassis, stewed blackberries, and licorice, plus touches of wood smoke and candied violets. The medium-bodied palate is chock full of licorice-laced black fruits with firm, ripe, grainy tannins and well-knit freshness, finishing with great length. It seems to be maturing more slowly than the 2010.
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    Neal Martin, Vinous
    The 2009 Beychevelle is very perfumed and floral on the nose with brambly red fruit loam, incense and mint. It's well-defined and shows more pedigree than the 2005. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple entry, a fine bead of acidity and slightly grainy in texture. This has a touch of curry leaf towards the finish that I have found on previous bottles. Drinking now, and it should cruise for another 15-20 years. 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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