2015 - Ch Beychevelle 4ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Beychevelle
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2022 - 2034
Case size
12x75cl

2015 CH BEYCHEVELLE 4ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Beychevelle
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2022 - 2034
Case size
12x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2016,
    Score: 93-95

    With a slightly higher proportion of Merlot to Cabernet in the blend, this is a very striking wine in 2015. With aromas of pomegranates and fresh currants, this balances generous fruit with an appealing crunchy freshness from the Cabernet. Very good sweetness on the finish, all in all an extremely complete and enjoyable wine.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, July 2019,
    Score: 94

    The 2015 Beychevelle has a fresh blackberry and briary bouquet of impressive delineation and vigor; hints of smoke and pencil shavings emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, wonderful tension and an almost effervescent, nervous finish that leaves a tongue-tingling dash of black pepper in its wake. So much potential here. As I have written before, this is one of Philippe Blanc's great Beychevelles. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, July 2019,
    Score: 94

    The 2015 Beychevelle has a fresh blackberry and briary bouquet of impressive delineation and vigor; hints of smoke and pencil shavings emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, wonderful tension and an almost effervescent, nervous finish that leaves a tongue-tingling dash of black pepper in its wake. So much potential here. As I have written before, this is one of Philippe Blanc's great Beychevelles. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2016,
    Score: 92-94

    Understated and nuanced, the 2015 Beychevelle is a wine of lovely finesse. Graphite, smoke, plum, violet and lavender are some of the many notes that are found in this delicate, super-expressive Saint-Julien, while floral notes add lift. The finessed side of Saint-Julien comes through nicely here. In 2015, yields were around 47 hectoliters per hectare. The blend is 47% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. New oak is around 50%. Tasted two times.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, Feb 2018,
    Score: 93/100

    The 2015 Beychevelle is a blend of 47% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot aged 18 months in barrel, 50% of which were new and 50% second fill. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it's scented of smoked meats, scorched earth, garrigue and new leather with a core of cassis, cherry cordial and plum preserves. The medium-bodied palate is a little firm but delicate, with lovely vibrancy and a bit of grip on the finish. Lisa Perrotti Brown Score 93/100 Drink Dates 2020 -2039

  • JS

    James Suckling, April,
    Score: 92-93

    This is very pretty with ultra-fine tannins, blueberry, blackberry and mineral flavors. Full body, integrated and balanced. Shows refinement and tension.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2016,
    Score: 92

    Lots of depth and more complexity of fruit than usual – more layered and better grip. This is a very classy Beychevelle, well up to its fourth-growth status.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2016,
    Score: 18+

    (47 Merlot, 42 Cabernet Sauvignon, 7 Cabernet Franc, 4 Petit Verdot) | 50% new oak. | 13.9% alc. | 81 IPT. Rather good purity and very exciting velocity on the palate making this a superb wine. The texture is delightful with much more stuffing than in past vintages and more length, too. The balance and complexity in this blend is well-judged giving it a seamless character already without any obvious joins between the grape varieties. The tannins are firm but juicy, too, with an impression of a wine with a chance to drink it early and then enjoy it mellowing over a very long period of time. This is a slightly finer wine than the 2014 but only in terms of gloss and integration and I will be fascinated to seem them both evolve.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2016,
    Score: 17

    Bright crimson. Aromatic rather than concentrated. Racy and sinewy. Lots of charm and pzazz without being in the least heavy. Bravo! Drink 2024-2040

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, May 2016,
    Score: 93

    One of the best Beychevelles for some time, this is a serious, age worthy wine with plenty of fine-grained tannin, bright acidity and pure cedar wood, cigarbox and cassis fruit. A textbook St. Julien. Drink: 2022-32

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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.