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The finest Beychevelle since the 2003 and probably since the 1982, Beychevelle's 2009 is opaque purple in color, with a beautiful, floral nose intermixed with black currant fruit, licorice, cedar wood and Christmas fruitcake. Full-bodied yet still elegant and pure, this wine has velvety tannins, a broad, savory mouthfeel, and a very long finish. There is plenty of tannin behind the extravagant fruit, glycerin and texture of this wine, but it is largely concealed. This wine could actually turn out to be even better than my relatively conservative tasting note. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2042.
This is the finest Bechevelle since the 1982. The opaque purple-hued 2009 displays beautiful floral notes intermixed with notions of black raspberries and creme de cassis. The fruit hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied richness, and the wine possesses sweet, velvety tannins, stunning purity, and a layered mouthfeel that builds incrementally, combining power, concentration, density, and elegance. This 2009 should hit its stride in 5-7 years, and last three decades or more. A beauty! (Tasted three times.) Drink 2015-2045.
The 2009 Beychevelle is easily the best of three vintages tasted at the property alongside the 1989 and 1999. This has a much more fruit-driven bouquet with blackberry, orange blossom, tobacco, hints of girolles and graphite. This is quite complex and engaging. The palate is medium-bodied with fine and lithe tannins plus a well judged line of acidity. I appreciate the freshness and structure to this Beychevelle, especially this bottle that is a little more saline than other examples. This is just beginning to motor but it is much more classic than a few years ago. Tasted at the château. 2020 - 2040
Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. The Beychevelle 2009 has a beautiful bouquet with vibrant blackberry, wild hedgerow and minerals with a touch of sea-salt. The palate is medium-bodied with strict tannins, a little compact at the moment but full of freshness. Crisp and lively, I feel the Beychevelle 2009 will close down for a few years before reopening. Certainly this continues a splendid run of form under Philippe Blanc. Tasted October 2011.
Tasted at the château and at the UGC. A blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot cropped at 45hl/ha. A deep purple/garnet colour. Clear. Immediately, the nose is very pure with a tangible sense of minerality in the aromatics, not a powerful nose, quite contained, but very focused and speaking of its place. Black fruits, cold granite, a touch of cedar. I like the precision here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a little edgy at first, a nice sense of tension, lightness combined with intensity. Perhaps a more feminine 2009, but that is not meant pejoratively. Very smooth with lively small black cherries, cedar and pencil shavings towards the Cabernet dominated cashmere finish. Good persistency. Excellent. Tasted March 2010.
Sweet berry and floral aromas, with a creamy undertone. Full-bodied, with a dense and polished palate, fine tannins and a long finish. Best since 2000?
Pretty dark crimson right out to the rim. Alluring graphite notes on the nose. Fresh and mild. Not dramatic but neat and pretty. Very sweet but with the tannins in check. Though it will take a little while for them to dissipate. Real juice and concentration though. Date tasted 1st April 2010. Drink 2017-2027.
With its distinctive label of a sailing boat, Beychevelle is a Bordeaux that is popular the world over. Always one of the most forward 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. Beychevelle has a track record of being modestly priced on release and significantly more expensive once bottled. This is one of the very few Northern Medoc wines to be less than 50% Cabernet Sauvignon in 2009. The final blend is 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. A sweet cherry nose is folowed by a red fruit infused palate. Pretty, perfumed, quite fresh and elegant with cedary tannins. Polished but not profound.
Although the nose is very firm there is sweeter blackcurrant behind. Different flavours mingle on the palate giving interest and the riper plum comes through towards the back. It has good structure but ripe tannins. Drink 2020-40.
One of the best Bechevelles I've tasted in years, this four-way blend is distinguished by its perfume and balance. Lovely, grainy tannins, fresh acidity and subtle vanilla oak combine deliciously on the palate here. As with the Talbot and Gruaud-Larose, this is a wine for claret lovers. Do yourself a favour: buy a case and cherish it for a decade or more. 15+ years
Deep purple red, fine crushed blackcurrants, attractive dense fruit and already a touch of complexity, good ripeness and depth, freshness and fine Saint-Julien elegance. Drink 2015-24.
An attractive, medium-bodied St.-Julien with plenty of blueberry character, plus touches of cassis and mint and a long, moderately dry finish that gives it a lot of appeal. Drink or hold. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019)