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

Château Beychevelle, 4eme Cru Classé, St Julien, 2010




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Château Beychevelle, 4eme Cru Classé, St Julien, 2010


Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Château Beychevelle, 4eme Cru Classé, St Julien, 2010

Unlike many of the full-throttle Cabernet based wines in St Julien, Beychevelle has significant Merlot plantings. As a result, this is one of the most fragrant, feminine St Juliens in 2010. High toned mineral notes, cut flowers and mulberry fruit; the palate is packed with engaging juicy fruit, cherry liqueur, wave after wave of sweet berry fruit, cool blackcurrants, dark cherries and liquorice. This is utterly seductive, sumptuous and beautifully balanced. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent

The 2010 Beychevelle is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-brick in color, it bursts with bold notes of cigar box, dusty soil, dried mulberries, and fruitcake, plus hints of star anise, Oolong tea, and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, rich, and densely packed with mature, savory flavors, the palate has a firm, chewy texture with soft acidity and a long if slightly grippy / hard finish. It seems to be maturing more quickly than the 2009.
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Neal Martin, Vinous

The 2010 Beychevelle has much more lift and black fruit on the nose compared directly with the 2009. Licorice and violet scents, especially the former, emerge with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a lightly spiced entry. Huge structure, dense and tannic, powerful with an almost burly finish. You might argue that this lacks a bit of finesse, but it has a sense of audacity uncommon in this Saint-Julien. 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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