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
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Showing beautifully both times I was able to taste it, the 2018 Château Beychevelle checks in as a blend of 50% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc that's aging in 60% new French oak. This ultra-pure, refined, gorgeously layered Beychevelle offers terrific notes of black cherries, blackberries, cassis, violets, and damp earth. Deep, concentrated, and layered on the palate, it has a thrilling sense of purity and elegance as well as building structure. This is the third vintage vinified in the new cellar, and the 2018 represents a selection of 50% of the total production. It hit 14.5% alcohol with a healthy pH of 3.74 and a massive IPT of 81. Hats off to director Romain Ducolomb for another brilliant wine that I suspect will surpass both the 2015 and 2016!
The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Beychevelle wafts sensuously from the glass with fragrant Black Forest cake, potpourri, star anise and black tea scents over a core of black raspberries, warm blackcurrants and kirsch with touches of fallen leaves and lavender. Full-bodied and packed with fragrant red and black fruit layers, it has a firm, velvety texture and fantastic freshness lifting the very long, perfumed finish. Beautiful! Anticipated time in barrel is 18 months, 60% new and 40% second fill. The tentative blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc.
This is concentrated with a solid core of fruit, yet it’s energetic and driven with plenty of pretty and forceful tannins. Dusty texture. Persistent finish.