2021 - Ch Beychevelle 4ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Beychevelle
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2026 - 2043
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur

2021 CH BEYCHEVELLE 4ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Beychevelle
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2026 - 2043
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £353.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2022,
    Score: 91-93

    The 2021 Beychevelle has a pleasant, light bouquet that needs coaxing from the glass, eventually offering blackberry, briar, peppermint and sage aromas. The oak here is neatly integrated, though it does not possess the dimension of the previous vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a firm grip on the entry. The Cabernet Sauvignon is fully in the driving seat here, imparting quite intense blackberry and graphite notes. As with many Saint-Julien barrel samples, a Pauillac-like structure comes through. The licorice-tinged finish is fresh and focused. This is quite an endearing Beychevelle after the challenging growing season. Drink 2026 - 2050

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2022,
    Score: 91-94

    The 2021 Beychevelle is a strong effort, exhibiting aromas of sweet berries and plums mingled with cigar wrapper and fresh mint. Medium to full-bodied, bright and fine-boned, it's deep and layered, with powdery tannins, lively acids and a saline finish. This wine only improved over the five times I tasted it.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2022,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2021 Beychevelle is rich and sumptuous, but not quite as pushed in that direction as some recent vintages have been. Then again, that sort of opulence was simply not possible in 2021. Even so, the 2021 flows with dark blue/purplish fruit, incense, espresso, mocha, menthol and licorice. All the elements are so well balanced. The 2021 is a terrific Beychevelle with a bright future. Drink 2031-2046

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2022,
    Score: 94-96

    This beautifully positioned property on the banks of the Garonne is a prime example of the benefits of location and high-class vineyard management. Contrary to the Cabernet dominance of so many 2021s, its blend is 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot (3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc). It combines the juicy plushness of Merlot fruit, full and rich, with the freshness and energy of quality late-picked Cabernet Sauvignon. A wine with beautiful appeal, merging Margaux charm and Pauillac vigour. Excellent.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, April 2022,
    Score: 92-94

    The nose starts off with dark currants, tobacco leaf, espresso, flowers, herbs and black cherries. Medium-bodied, sweet, soft and fresh, there is a peppery, spicy touch on the backend, along with a hint of refreshing spearmint that adds to the vibrant, sweet, red fruits in this classically styled wine. The wine blends 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. 13% ABV, pH 3.7, the harvest took place September 25 - October 11. The yields were 50 hectoliters with 54% of the harvest going into the Grand Vin. Drink from 2025-2050.

  • JA

    Jane Anson, April 2022,
    Score: 92

    Silky and well textured fruits, with gentle build through the palate and a carefully constructed balance of raspberry and redcurrant fruit and fresh acidity that comes through in lemongrass and a raspy slate texture. Not easy to achieve this in 2021, will have needed careful sorting and plot by plot work in vineyard and cellar. The firm frame is a little austere, but there is finesse here, gentle campfire smoke.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2022,
    Score: 17.5

    Even though the Merlot percentage is slightly diminished in this vintage, there is a very generous red-fruited theme here. It gives Beychevelle a magical mid-palate that segues into a slightly minty, clean finish. Forward and open, there is a complex but gentle wine here that packs a lot of flavour into a slender, streamlined chassis.

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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.