2017 Château Beychevelle, Cru Classé St-Julien

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 info
Pricing
info
Bottle
From a client
6 available
£96.16

Wine details

  • Region & country
    Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Ready 2020 - 2032info
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)

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
Château Beychevelle

Described by wine critic Jancis Robinson as “intensely seductive”, the wines from Château Beychevelle enjoy a lauded reputation. The sprawling estate covers 250 hectares, with 90 hectares planted with vines and the rest forest and pastureland. Its view of the Gironde Estuary from the steps of the château allegedly gave rise to its name in the 17th century, as sailing ships would lower their sails (baisse voile in French or bacha velo in Gascon) in deference to its owner, the Duc d`Eperon, the Admiral of France. More importantly, the Gironde provides the regulating effect that the best vineyards of the region enjoy, and Beychevelle’s largest vineyard is situated similarly, in both aspect and soils, to those found at Château Latour. The estate makes three wines, the Grand Vin, its second wine Amiral de Beychevelle and a Haut-Médoc, Les Brulières de Beychevelle.

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