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% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol %:
14.5%
SKU #:
1038974
Size:
750 ml Bottle

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.

WA95

Wine Advocate

Aged for around 18 months in barrel, 60% new and 40% second fill, the 2018 Beychevelle needs a fair bit of swirling to release classic notes of cassis, plum preserves and ripe blackberries, with emerging suggestions of unsmoked cigars, tilled soil and cedar chest, plus a waft of pencil lead. The medium to full-bodied palate is still very tightly wound, offering finely packed black fruit and earthy layers within a frame of firm, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. This will need a good 5-6 years to come around and then will drink beautifully over the next 20+ years. (LPB)

JS94

James Suckling

Currants and blackberries with crushed stone and fresh herbs. Some flower stem, too. It’s full-bodied, yet tight and linear with firm, driven tannins. This needs four or five years of bottle age to open and come together. Try after 2025.

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Wine Enthusiast
There is attractive tension in this wine between the dry tannins and opulently ripe black fruits. That sets the wine on a course of long-term aging. Bold, dense fruits are matched by the dry core. The wine will take time. Drink from 2027. (RV)
WS95
Wine Spectator

Violet and warm cassis aromas and flavors lead the way, melding with applewood, ganache, açaí and blueberry reduction notes along the way. Almost lush in the end, but there's a buried tarry streak giving it just a bit of grippy texture for contrast. Serious juice. (JM)

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Decanter

Gorgeously brushed tannins with a smoked oak nose. This is excellent, firm and bright, layered and nuanced, gently inviting you in, with plenty of promise of life ahead. Has some austerity and although this is not in 2016 territory of 360-degree expansion, it is highly successful. A yield of 55hl/ha, with 50% of production going into the grand vin. 60% new oak. (JA)