Beychevelle 2017

SubregionSt Julien

With its distinctive label of a sailing boat, Beychevelle is a Bordeaux that is popular the world over. Always one of the most forward and "user-friendly" of the Saint Julien classed growths, this is a wine that is usually made to give relatively early drinking pleasure rather than to win academic blind tastings. We have noticed a significant step-up in quality in recent vintages. The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon is low for the Northern Medoc and there is always a high percentage of Merlot in the final blend. Always polished and supple, it is in huge demand in China where it is known as "Dragon Boat Wine". The vineyard is 78 hectares.


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Tasting Notes

2017 was the second vintage to be produced in the impressive new winery here. Yields were good in 2017 but a strict selection process has led to more second wine being produced than is normal. The breakdown of the grand vin is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Bright ruby colour with blueberry, wood smoke and vanilla on the nose, which is open and enticing. The palate is soft, with plush and polished tannins framing a core of cassis fruit and sweet oak flavours. This is not the most profound wine, but it has superb texture and a very moreish flavour profile. The softness suggests it will be drinkable at a younger stage than most St Juliens, which is certainly a good thing in this vintage, to enjoy the floral, juicy purity of the fruit.

Score: 15+Farr Vintners, April 2018

The 2017 Beychevelle was cropped at 54hl/ha between 18 September and 3 October, matured in around 60% new oak with 13.4° alcohol. It has a very ripe blueberry, almost iodine-scented bouquet that is much more extroverted than its peers (like the 2016 last year.) The palate is medium-bodied with sweet black cherry and boysenberry fruit, and plenty of crushed violet. The palate is ripe and succulent; a sweet core of blue and black fruit here although perhaps its neighbor across the road, Branaire Ducru, displays a little more terroir at this early stage. Maybe that is because of the saignée? I would just like to see a little more restraint come through in bottle while I noticed greater precision developing during the 30 minutes the sample spent in my glass. Drink 2021-2040.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin,, May 2018

Very fine tannins already with a solid core of blackberry and blueberry character. Hints of flowers. Full-bodied, well-integrated and tight, not to mention fresh and long.

Score: 93/94James Suckling,, April 2018

The 2017 Beychevelle is absolutely gorgeous. Creamy and beautifully layered on the palate, Beychevelle exudes exotic richness in its ripe red/purplish berry fruit. Even though the 2017 is rather flamboyant in style, it retains quite a bit of brightness to play off its more extroverted leanings. Beychevelle was impressive on the several times I tasted it.

Score: 92/95Antonio Galloni,, May 2018

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Beychevelle opens with gregarious cassis and blackberry pie notes with touches of baking spices and underbrush plus a waft of lavender. Medium-bodied with a great core of ripe black fruits, it has a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and balancing freshness, finishing long. The final blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4 Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.

Score: 90/92Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018

Deep crimson with purple rim. Tangy, slightly wild black fruit, more bramble than cassis. Smooth, rounded and rather gentle but still persistent. Supple tannins already, though they may be deceptive.
Drink 2024-2036

Score: 16.5Julia Harding MW,, April 2018

The black fruits on the nose are firm and fresh the start of the palate tight but it opens up in the middle with fleshy ripe fruit. Firm at the back the finish is quite tight. Drink 2025-2036.

Score: 87/89Derek Smedley MW,, May 2018

This is a fine expression of St-Julien, with extremely pretty aromatics and brambly, juicy black fruits that remain soft and persistent through the palate, with the tiniest hint of acidity tightening the tannins. It's not as expressive as in 2016, but that was exceptional, though this is certainly a wine to recommend in 2017.
Drinking Window 2026 - 2040

Score: 92Jane Anson,, April 2018

A super-fragrant Beychevelle with bright Merlot fruit very much in evidence. Lovely and pure and silky, with little aggression on the finish, this is already a very harmonious wine with buoyancy and charm. There is some spice and warmth on the finish, which gives some richness but all in all this is a forward and luscious wine.

Score: 17.5Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018

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