2009 - Ch Beychevelle 4ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Beychevelle
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2015 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
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2009 CH BEYCHEVELLE 4ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Beychevelle
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2015 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
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Case price £1,352.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2010,
    Score: 90-93

    Lovely sweet black luscious fruit nose. In the mouth, it has excellent levels of intensity enriched by a firm structure and well balanced fruit. This is a very appealing style, highlighting Beychevelle at its best, concentrating on exuberance and balance and a lovely long sweet fruit finish

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, March 19,
    Score: 93

    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.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, March 2019,
    Score: 93

    The 2009 Beychevelle has an intriguing bouquet with kirsch, orange blossom, mocha and earthy aromas, taking time to settle down in the glass but eventually achieving fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well judged acidity, clean and correct, but maybe missing the flair that I have found on later vintages such as 2015 and 2016. It is a very fine Beychevelle but not profound. Tasted at BI Wines Spirits Ten Year On tasting.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 2012,
    Score: 93

    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.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2010,
    Score: 92-94

    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! Drink: 2015 - 2045

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, March 2019,
    Score: 93

    Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Beychevelle begins a little closed, slowly revealing notes of iron ore, tilled soil, fungi and underbrush over a core of blackberry preserves, warm plums and cassis with touches of mocha and camphor. Full-bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, it has a firm texture of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with a compelling mineral lift. Drink Date 2019 - 2034

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2010,
    Score: 17

    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.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2010,
    Score: 16.5

    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.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2010,
    Score: 90-93

    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?

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Producer

Château Beychevelle

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”.

Region

St Julien

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.