2017 Château Beychevelle, Cru Classé St-Julien

Floral and expressive on the nose, this Beychevelle is richly perfumed and has so much complexity. The finish is really long and unfurling. This is a real step up in quality - an estate on the charge.

Critic score
92.75/100
Case, 6 Bottles
£300—£400

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2020 - 2032
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2017 Château Beychevelle, Cru Classé St-Julien

TASTING NOTES

The 2017 Beychevelle is absolutely gorgeous. Creamy and beautifully layered on the palate, Beychevelle exudes exotic richness in its ripe red/purplish berry fruit. Even though the 2017 is rather flamboyant in style, it retains quite a bit of brightness to play off its more extroverted leanings. Beychevelle was impressive on the several times I tasted it.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (May 2018)
(92—95)/100

It has a very ripe blueberry, almost iodine-scented bouquet that is much more extroverted than its peers (like the 2016 last year.) The palate is medium-bodied with sweet black cherry and boysenberry fruit, and plenty of crushed violet. The palate is ripe and succulent; a sweet core of blue and black fruit here although perhaps its neighbor across the road, Branaire Ducru, displays a little more terroir at this early stage. Maybe that is because of the saignée? I would just like to see a little more restraint come through in bottle while I noticed greater precision developing during the 30 minutes the sample spent in my glass.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2018)
(90—92)/100

Very fine tannins already with a solid core of blackberry and blueberry character. Hints of flowers. Full-bodied, well-integrated and tight, not to mention fresh and long.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2018)
(93—94)/100