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Château Beychevelle

Bordeaux wine Château Beychevelle Saint-Julien
Château Beychevelle
Saint-Julien
4ème Grand Cru Classé
2000 
Notations : 
  • Wine Spectator : 92 points
  • Robert Parker : 91 points
155.00 €
Box Gift 165.00 € 
Quantity 
Red wine
0,75 L
CARD-INDEX OF CELLAR
Area : Bordeaux
Name : Saint-Julien
Type : Red wine
Grape variety : Cabernet-franc, Cabernet-sauvignon, Merlot, Petit-Verdot
Structure : Ample, Deep, Dense, Rich, Suave
Families of flavor : Earth, Fresh fruits, Minerals, Réglisse
Conservation : A boire jusqu'en 2020 et plus
Temperature of service : 16-17°
Mets/Wines agreements : Côte de boeuf braisée, Noix de veau braisée, Poularde truffée
Capacity : Bottle (0,75 L)
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Description :

Wonderful floral and blackberry aromas follow through to a compressed palate of full-bodied tannins and ripe fruit. Yet very fine and silky on the palate. Best Beychevelle I have had in years. Best after 2009.

Château Beychevelle

Château Beychevelle Grand Cru Classé Saint Julien  

The origins of the estate are ancient and lie in the seigneurie of Lamarque, this being one of the locations Of the numerous fortified houses that lined the Gironde. It is said that it was the Duc d’Epernon, Jean-Louis Nogaret de la Valette, that was responsible for the renaming of the estate as Beychevelle. As well as ruling the locals with an iron rod as Governor of Guyenne, the Duke also became an admiral of the French navy, and French ships sailing on the Gironde.

The deep Garonne gravel vineyards at Beychevelle currently account for 90 ha of the 250 ha estate, planted with 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

Average vine age is 25 years, planted at 10000 vines/ha. Fermentation is temperature controlled, staying below 30ºC, and is followed by a period of eighteen months in oak, of which 50% is new each year. The wine is fined but not filtered. The grand vin is Chateau Beychevelle (typically 25000 cases per annum), there is a second wine Amiral de Beychevelle (typically 12500 cases per annum), as well as an AC Haut-Médoc made from a few vineyard plots bordering St Julien, Brulières de Beychevelle.

 In the 20th these wines have not been held in high repute by those knowledgeable about the commune of St Julien. Lack of investment, lack of interest, poor selection and high yields resulted in disappointing wines. The 1993, although from a difficult vintage, typified this; in the past few decades only the 1989 revealed a little of what Beychevelle may be capable of, the wine comparable with many other from Beychevelle’s neighbours that year. But with investment from GMF and Suntory it’s change, for the better. The 2000, 2001 and 2004 vintages are good evidence of this, although the 2002 and 2003 suggest that there is still room for improvement.

   Château Beychevelle Grand Cru Classé Saint Julien

Notes de dégustation

Robert Parker : 91 points
"Deep ruby/purple in color, with a sweet nose of black currants, earth, licorice, and mineral, the 2000 is relatively powerful and dense for the normally restrained and elegant Beychevelle. Medium to full-bodied, dense, and chewy, it is showing even better out of bottle than it was from cask. While it appears to be the finest example made at Beychevelle since the 1989 and 1982, patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020." (Jan 2003)

Wine Spectator : 92 points
"Wonderful floral and blackberry aromas follow through to a compressed palate of full-bodied tannins and ripe fruit. Yet very fine and silky on the palate. Best Beychevelle I have had in years. Best after 2009." (Mar 2007)

Bettane et Desseauve : 17,5/20

RVF : 17/20

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