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

Château Beychevelle, 4eme Cru Classé, St Julien, 2021




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Château Beychevelle, 4eme Cru Classé, St Julien, 2021


Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Château Beychevelle, 4eme Cru Classé, St Julien, 2021

Erwan Le Brozec took the bold decision to present the 2021 Beychevelle after the 2020, and it just highlighted how good some of these 2021s are. This actually has the same IPT as the 2020. Very precise and focussed with loads of energy. There’s a beautiful perfume and texture to the dark cherry and wild hedgerow fruit. Lots off structure here, more than we're used to at Beychevelle, but there's plenty of drive and a nice fleshy core. Vivid, this balances plush fruit with a slight strictness. Finishes with salty, fruit laced tannins. More focussed and linear than normal. Very good. 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc

Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux

The firm frame is a little austere, but there is finesse here, gentle campfire smoke. Blueberry and rasberry, edges of creamy fruit as it heads towards the mid palate, impressive within the vintage, clear smoke, clove and white pepper spice, crayon and slate. Has settled in well over ageing, Nuanaced, with plenty of potential for enjoyable medium term drinking. Tasted twcie.
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Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent

This barrel sample of the 2021 Beychevelle is composed of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple in color, it leaps with redcurrant jelly, fresh black cherries, and dried bay leaves scents, plus wafts of cardamom, lavender, and forest floor. Medium-bodied, the palate is lively and chewy, with just enough fruit and an herbal lift on the finish.
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Neal Martin, Vinous

The 2021 Beychevelle, incidentally the final vintage to contain Cabernet Franc according to Philippe Blanc, is still a little tight on the nose after bottling in June, but, it has a wonderful sense of purity and delineation. The Cabernet Sauvignon is very expressive here, so much so that you might think there was around 75% in the blend, rather than 57%. There's a hint of crushed violet in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, and harmonious with fine sapidity. This is more austere than recent vintages, as you might expect, and perhaps not as long in the mouth, but I appreciate the Pauillac-like graphite note that surfaces with aeration. There is a convincing sense of classicism in this Beychevelle, and it should age with style.
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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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