Beychevelle 2019

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Julien
ColourRed
TypeStill

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. From a vineyard that is 78 hectares in size. Always polished and supple, it is in huge demand in China where it is known as "Dragon Boat Wine".


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Tasting Notes

The 2019 Beychevelle, one of the only wines that I actually tasted at the château with Philippe Blanc prior to lockdown, has a wonderful bouquet with detailed blackberry, briary, cedar and light touches of mocha unfurling from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity, a discrete marine influence taking over towards the finish. There is a tang of seaweed and brine on the aftertaste. It keeps you coming back for more. This is a great 2019 from Blanc and his team though we must wait to see if it will surpass their 2018. 2025 - 2060

Score: 93/95Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Beychevelle explodes from the glass with bombastic scents of crème de cassis, blueberry preserves and baked plums with touches of menthol, cinnamon toast and smoked meats plus a waft of dark chocolate. The medium-bodied palate injects fantastic energy into the decadent black and blue fruit flavors, framed by exquisitely ripe, finely-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing with great length and freshness. 2025 - 2058

Score: 94/96Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (July Week ), July 2020

Rich, layered red with lots of ripe fruit and creamy, round tannins. Yet, it’s fresh and refined at the same time. Flavorful finish. Ripe and solid. Equal to the 2018 in quality.

Score: 93/94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2020

The 2019 Beychevelle is a rich, unctuous wine. Blackberry jam, cloves, licorice, bittersweet chocolate and torrefaction infuse the 2019 with tons of darkness that works well with the wine's flamboyant personality. Beychevelle will appeal most to readers who enjoy exotic, super-ripe wines. In 2019, Beychevelle pushes the limits, in my view.

Score: 92/94Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020

2019 is the 25th vintage at Beychevelle for managing director Philippe Blanc. 53% of the total crop was designated for the Grand Vin this year. Bright ruby purple in the glass with an open-knit nose of fresh hedgerow fruits and sappy blackcurrants. The palate is seamless and elegant, bringing fresh acidity, lifted intensity and fine-grained, ripe tannins that support rather than dominate the palate. Languid and fine through to a moreish and lightly spicy finish.

Score: 17+Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

A confident and well expressed Beychevelle, this is bristling with blackberry and cassis fruits, creamy through the mid palate as so many of the best wines are in this vintage. It's broad shouldered which takes it a little out of appellation signature, but the glamour is well balanced by a lovely crushed mint leaf finish. Harvest September 23 to October 10, 55% of production in this main estate wine, 45% in the 2nd wine. 60% new oak. 3% Cabernet Franc completes the blend. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044

Score: 94Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020

46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Barrel sample.
Fragrant and floral on the nose. Plenty of zest and energy on the palate. Smooth, velvety texture. Tannins plentiful but polished. Clean and digeste with a persistent, palate-cleansing finish. (JL)
Drink 2026 – 2045

Score: 17James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020

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