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The 2014 Beychevelle has an intense bouquet with macerated small black cherries, bilberry, brine and light oyster shell aromas that just feel a little ostentatious within the context of the growing season. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, quite elegant in style, the acidity well judged with a crisp, silky smooth mixture of black and blue fruit to the finish. It leans slightly to the more modern style of winemaking but it is very well pulled off and it has the matière to suggest long-term ageing. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2040
The 2014 Beychevelle has a very comely, pure bouquet with heightened dark cherry, blackcurrant and wilted violet scents rendering it almost more Margaux-like than Saint Julien. The palate is medium-bodied, svelte in texture with light tannin. It is a nimble Beychevelle, light on its feet with wonderful freshness and tension towards the finish. This is a very well-crafted wine from Philippe Blanc and his team, a St. Julien that is nimble on its toes. Drink Date 2020-2040
The Château Beychevelle 2014 is a blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 51% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. You might notice the high percentage of Merlot. This is because of the flowering, decisions made during blending and the low yield of the Cabernet Sauvignon. It was cropped at 38 hectoliters per hectare between 25 September and 14 October during what the estate recorded as the driest September since 1961. That Merlot governs the aromatics here, the fruit clearly towards the red side of the fruit spectrum: cranberry and wild strawberry, almost Right Bank in style. The palate is ripe and fleshy, nicely defined with tensile tannins. I appreciate the nascent harmony here, with fine precision and a long sustained finish with fine salinity. You could argue that pinning your hopes on Merlot when so many others proselytize Cabernet Sauvignon was a risk however, in this showing it was a risk that was worth taking. "Pomerol does Saint Julien" perhaps? It seems to work on what may be the most seductive Beychevelle for years.
A very classical St. Julien that’s got good concentration and real elegance, too. Great black fruits on the nose with subtle oak, and the richness and dry tannins are balanced out beautifully. You could drink it now, but this will age beautifully.
A firm and austere young red now but there's serious fruit and mineral character underneath. Full body, chewy tannins and a long finish.
The 2014 Beychevelle is dark, ample and yet also quite nuanced. Blue and purplish stone fruits, lavender, spice, menthol and licorice notes abound in this super-expressive Saint-Julien. There is lovely freshness and vivacity to the flavors, but this is a pretty intense, succulent style. Tasted two times.
A big, powerful wine for the year, the 2014 Beychevelle is going to need quite a bit of time to fully come together. Today, the 2014 is quite bold, with notable concentration and overall intensity. Lavender, mint, spices, cedar and new leather are all nicely delineated. It will be interesting to see if the 2014 fleshes out a bit more from here. Tasted two times.
Tasted blind. Fragrant, clean, lovely and refreshing. Everything in the right place. Pure, classic claret that is already dangerously drinkable, although I think there are some tannins lurking underneath.
Light nose. Sweet start. A little reminiscent of the Haut-Médocs I have just been tasting. Not one of the most energetic or convincing St-Juliens though perfectly serviceable. Just slightly hollow.
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". 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 51% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 50% new oak in 2014. Deep purple colour. Graphite, dried herbs and fresh blackcurrant on the nose. A nice juiciness to the mid-palate which is silky and smooth. Soft tannins with high acidity. The finish is soft, rounded, and creamy. This will be approachable in its youth.
This has a fleshy feel, with plum and blackberry compote notes driving along thanks to a solid graphite spine. Anise and roasted apple wood accents frame the finish, which has excellent length. A textbook St.-Julien that should age well. Best from 2019 through 2030. 19,835 cases made.
The fruit on the nose is sweet and the palate starts with ripe fruit. Under the black plum bramble and bilberry gives freshness a lighter feel towards the back the finish bright with nice length. 2025-36
A good rather than a great Beychevelle, there's just a slight sense of heat on the finish of this wine, suggesting that it was picked late. It's initially sweet and reasonably soft, with plenty of colour and cassis and damson fruit, but the finish is quite firm. Needs time.