Although there was disagreement in the Goedhuis ranks when we first tasted this wine, a second tasting confirmed that this is a splendid Beychevelle. Indeed RP judges it as the best since 1989. Blended from 49% cabernet sauvignon, 38% merlot, 7%cabernet franc and 6% petit verdot, this is full of lovely red cherry and midsummerfruit.
Deep ruby/purple in color, with a sweet nose of black currants, earth, licorice, and mineral, the 2000 is relatively powerful and dense for the normally restrained and elegant Beychevelle. Medium to full-bodied, dense, and chewy, it is showing even better out of bottle than it was from cask. While it appears to be the finest example made at Beychevelle since the 1989 and 1982, patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020.
Scented and impressive. Silky texture. Very good balance. Not a big, intense wine but very pretty and sophisticated. Just a hint of herbaceousness but definite lift. 16.5
49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. 55% in the grand vin. 53 hl/ha. This is certainly better than the 1999 but it is by no means special. Medium to medium-full body. The tannins are ripe and there is good acidity. But it lacks the depth, concentration andrichness of the top Médocs this year. Good but no better. From 2007.
Located in the north of Saint Julien, Château Beychevelle boasts one of the Medoc’s most remarkable châteaux surrounded by immaculate gardens. There are two theories explaining its name and nautical label - both acknowledging the passing ships in the nearby Gironde and the Gascon language - "beychet velo" or "bêche velle" meaning "lowered sails" and "sailing vessel", respectively. Particularly prized amongst the Asian market, this estate is renowned for producing wines of superb concentration and power with excellent ageing potential. In the words of Decanter’s Jane Anson, this château is “one of the most vibrant in Bordeaux right now”.
St Julien is like the middle child of the Médoc - not as assertive as Pauillac or as coquettish as Margaux. It lies firmly between the two more outspoken communes and as a result produces a blend of them both. St Julien's wines have often been sought out by aficionados for their balance and consistency, particularly in the UK. Yet due to its middle child nature, it can occasionally be overlooked globally and as a result underrated by those markets outside the UK. Despite the fact that it has no first growths, it has several second growths including Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Léoville Poyferré and Ducru Beaucaillou as well as the celebrated châteaux such as Talbot and Beychevelle.