“Darker in colour than most in this vertical tasting, Château Beychevelle reached its best maturity levels for Cabernet Sauvignon in 2010. This is a really beautiful wine, very much reflective of St-Julien’s qualities with its balance and brushed tannins. It’s not ready yet and is still pretty closed, the succulent tannins closing in for the final moments, but they have flexibility in their structure and this is going to run and run. Rich and concentrated, it’s a gorgeous Beychevelle. ~Decanter
Colour: Deep garnet
Aroma: 2010 Beychevelle comes roaring out of the glass with bombastic scents of baked blackcurrants, plum preserves and Black Forest cake plus touches of potpourri, cedar chest and iron ore. (WA)
Palate: Medium to full-bodied, the palate has evolved black fruit flavors and a firm, chewy texture, finishing with nice freshness and a spicy kick. (WA)
Grape Varieties: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc
Awards: 95pts – James Suckling; 95pts Decanter, 94pts Wine Enthusiast, 93pts – Wine Spectator; 93pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
History of Chateau Beychevelle
Chateau Beychevelle is a prestigious Cru Classe whose character has been forged by three centuries of history… Nowhere does the word Chateau in its noblest sense ring as true as it does at Beychevelle. It is a well-regarded wine estate based in the Saint-Julien appellation of Bordeaux’s northern Haut-Médoc wine region, on the left bank of the Gironde estuary.. The estate’s flagship, Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant, wine is known for its supple power and smooth, rich texture, and better vintages have great aging ability. In the Bordeaux Classification of 1855 it was ranked a fourth growth. The elegance of its classical architecture makes it a jewel in the crown of the Médoc, coveted since its creation by the powerful families who have successively marked the economic, political and cultural life of Bordeaux and the region.
The 250-hectare (620-acre) estate is situated in the extreme southeast of the Saint-Julien appellation, just outside the small commune of Beychevelle. The château building lies just east of Branaire-Ducru and south of Ducru-Beaucaillou. The name Beychevelle comes from the first Duke of Epernon, a navy admiral who owned the estate in the 16th Century. Boats that passed on the Garonne had to lower their sails in deference and the term “”Baisse-Voile”” (lowering of sails) became Beychevelle. This nautical theme extends to the ship with a griffin prow featured on the label. The Château is currently owned by the Castel-Suntory joint venture, Grand Millésimes de France.