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Bordeaux 2016: Beychevelle, Langoa Barton, La Croix de Beaucaillou and Sociando Mallet
22 May 2017

That’s right, the 2016 Beychevelle surpasses all previous vintages. Neal Martin’s 96-98 point score puts this year’s Beychevelle amongst some pretty lofty company. We are really impressed with what Romain Ducolomb is achieving in their new state of the art winery. The 2015 was sensational. The 2016 is perhaps a little less opulent, but it is incredibly focussed, tight-knit, and surprisingly serious for Beychevelle.

‘The 2016 Beychevelle is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc cropped at 45 hectoliters per hectare between 3 October and 18 October. It is matured in 50% new oak. Furthermore, it is the first vintage to be matured in the new chichi winery whose glass exterior overlooks the passing traffic on the D2. It has a very pure, fragrant bouquet with black cherries, cassis, cedar and wet limestone, extremely precise to the point where you might think it was from the Right Bank (logical given the proportion of Merlot in the blend). The palate is sensational: understated at first and bridled with ultra-fine tannin, it is a Beychevelle armed with a disarming sense of symmetry. It builds in the mouth towards a fabulously tensile finish that is so fresh and full of energy that the senses are almost overwhelmed. Frankly, it leaves all the other Beychevelles in recent years standing. This is an electrifying 2016 from winemaker Philippe Blanc and his right-hand man, technical director, Romain Ducolomb. Drink 2026 - 2060. 96-98/100’. – Neal Martin, robertparker.com    Read More

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