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

    Château Beychevelle, 4ème Cru Classé, St Julien,



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

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Château Beychevelle, 4ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2018

    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.

    Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux
    Even at six years old the exuberance of the 2018 vintage is giving this an approachability, emphasis on grilled oak notes of cloves and campfire alongside lioqurice root, pomegranate, cassis, even a sweetened smoked caramel. Stretches out through the palate, well integrated tannins. Ageing ability is clear, although the style is less muscular than the 2016. Harvest September 21 to October 6.
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    Drinking Window:
    2028 - 2044


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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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