2018 Chateau Beychevelle St Julien

$124.95
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Situated in the far south of the St-Julien appellation, the label shows a beautiful galley with a large sail. The name derives from the ownership of the Chateau in the 16th century by the Duc d’Eperon, Admiral of France at the time. The sailors would "Baisse-Vaille", or lower their sails, as a sign of respect as they drifted past. The wine is renowned for its rich, supple, mocha character. Always a favorite amongst our customers and consistently high scoring. The best Beychevelle are concentrated and powerful and can age for decades.
 
“Deep, concentrated, and layered on the palate, a thrilling sense of purity and elegance as well as building structure…. another brilliant wine that I suspect will surpass both the 2015 and 2016!” - Jeb Dunnuck 

Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Vintage:
2018
Aging:
18 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 50% new
Appellation:
Bordeaux
Sub-Appellation:
St. Julien
Total Varietal Composition %:
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol %:
14.5%
SKU #:
1038974
Size:
750 ml Bottle
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Jeb Dunnuck

The flagship 2018 Château Beychevelle is a more serious, concentrated, focused wine that still has that classic Saint-Julien purity of fruit as well as a wealth of fruit. Gorgeous notes of crème de cassis, chocolate-covered blueberries, violets, spring flowers, tobacco leaf, and cedar notes all emerge from the glass, and it's medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannins, moderate acidity, and a great, great finish. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it's one of the sexiest, most up-front and irresistible wines in the vintage. Don't let that scare you, though; it's going to drink beautifully for 2-3 decades.

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Vinous

An unabashedly flamboyant, exotic wine, the 2018 Beychevelle possesses tremendous richness and raciness right out of the gate. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, spice, menthol and espresso infuse this sumptuous Saint-Julien with striking aromatic and flavor complexity. Soft contours and silky tannins add to its irresistibly sensual personality. Time in the cellar should help the new oak assimilate, but readers should be prepared for a full-throttle, heady wine.

JD96

Jeb Dunnuck

The flagship 2018 Château Beychevelle is a more serious, concentrated, focused wine that still has that classic Saint-Julien purity of fruit as well as a wealth of fruit. Gorgeous notes of crème de cassis, chocolate-covered blueberries, violets, spring flowers, tobacco leaf, and cedar notes all emerge from the glass, and it's medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannins, moderate acidity, and a great, great finish. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it's one of the sexiest, most up-front and irresistible wines in the vintage. Don't let that scare you, though; it's going to drink beautifully for 2-3 decades.