(1999 Vintage) From its origins and through the different vintages, Château Beychevelle reflects the elegance and finesse of the great terroirs of Saint-Julien.Gracieux, complex and richly aromatic, Château Beychevelle is from the best plots of the vineyard and a selection will prove rigoureuse.Il from ten years and can be kept for several decades depending on the vintage.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines62% 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.
International Wine CellarBright, deep red. Musky currant, licorice, tobacco, cedar and herbs on the nose and palate. Juicy and on the lean side but with very good focus and cut to its flavors. Characterized more by its vinosity and elegance than by body or power. The moderately long finish features firm tannins that avoid coming off as hard.
Robert ParkerRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/21/2009