- Château Beychevelle
- St Julien
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2010 - 2020
- Case size
Goedhuis, May 2005,
To visit Ch Beychevelle is to visit one of the finest Chateaux in the Medoc with its beautiful views across the gardens to the river. The Chateau was first famous under the ownership of the flamboyant Duc d'Epernon, a former Grand Admiral of France.During the 1970s Emile Peynaud advised on the vineyards and his work then ensures that Beychevelle is always a reliable and delicious glass of wine.This 2004 is soft and sweet, perhaps thanks to the 42% Merlot, and makes friends very easily. Not as powerful and concentrated as some other Medoc 2004s, it will drink relatively early. An unpretentious, easy drinking wine. Drink 2010-2020
Robert Parker, June 2007,
Beychevelle is on the rebound as evidenced by what they have accomplished over recent years. A good example of this chateau, the elegant, finesse-styled 2004 exhibits black cherry and cassis fruit interwoven with loamy soil, dried herb, and spicy oak notes. Medium-bodied, elegant, finely tuned, and finesse-styled, it is not short on flavor or depth. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022.
Robert Parker, June 2006,
The 2004 Beychevelle offers a dense ruby/purple color followed by notes of smoke, licorice, black currants, minerals, and a hint of flowers. It is medium-bodied and elegant, but also impressively concentrated and long. This wine should drink well for 12-15 years. Drink 2006-2021
Jancis Robinson, April 2005,
Rather light. Simple sweetness and some green notes on the nose – not at all as deep and impressive as some other St Juliens although there is an attractive freshness. Far from the most ambitious wine – a bit weak – but nicely balanced and easy. Should mature relatively fast. Quite appetising tannins. I went back and added half a point to this wine as it will provide attractive drinking even if it's not very serious. Drink 2011-2017
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.