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Chateau Beychevelle Grand Cru Classe Saint-Julien

Wine Details

Region

BordeauxFrance

Wine Description

(From 2010 Vintage) Black fruit, sweet spices, and light tobacco; rounded on the palate, Château Beychevelle is characterized by finesse and balance.

Winemaker's Notes

Beychevelle, always known as a very smooth and delicate wine, has become richer and more muscular in recent decades. Incorporating a larger proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, a longer cuvaison, more new oak for barrel aging, and the option of a second label for lighter wines have all resulted in a better constructed, more concentrated style of St. Julien. These changes have not meant a sacrifice of charm or finesse, however. Even in top years, Château Beychevelle is uncommonly smooth,...

Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 2006 Vintage) 62% Cabernet Sauvignon; 31% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot. If a bit shy on overt fruitiness, this solid young wine comes with a good sense of essential extract and teases with glimmers of black fruits, olive and loamy earth elements in both its concentrated aromas and flavors. It toughens up at the finish as befits a young claret, but its fruit holds on and convinces that a wait of five years is worthwhile.
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/21/2009
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/25/2012
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2010 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/21/2013
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2000 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/03