Chateau Beychevelle St. Julien Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Everything about Chateau Beychevelle, St. Julien , Bordeaux producer, Fourth Growth wine, with wine tasting notes , wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir. If you want to read about other Bordeaux wine producers: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Beychevelle History, Overview

Chateau Beychevelle, due to its classic, stunning architecture of the chateau and beautiful gardens, is often referred to by its fans as the Bordeaux version of Versailles. However, the history of Beychevelle dates back much further than that. In its formative years, it was the property of the Foix Candale family. The Foix Candale were well established in Bordeaux by 1446, as they already possessed Chateau dIssan in Margaux . In 1565, Bishop François de Foix Candale commissioned the building of the grand chateau at Beychevelle. Eventually, Beychevelle became the property of the Dukes of Epernon.

To understand the Duke’s power, it’s important to note that all the ships sailing in front of Beychevelle were ordered to lower their sails as a sign of respect. In fact, that is where Beychevelle took its name. Chateau Beychevelle, when translated from the dialect of the times, which was Baisse Voile, means lower the sails. This event is the inspiration for their label design and is honored with the statue of the boat in the garden, at the rear of the chateau.

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Beychevelle was sold and sold again to a myriad of people. Because of the enormous cost to keep the Saint Julien estate up to date, each owner allowed Beychevelle to slide into further states of neglect. This pattern changed in 1757, when the Marquis François-Etienne de Brassier renovated and rebuilt the estate.

In 1825, Beychevelle was bought by Pierre-François Guestier. Guestier was a popular Bordeaux wine merchant and the mayor of St. Julien. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because the Guestier family and the Barton family, the owners of Leoville Barton formed a Bordeaux wine negociant company that is still in business today, Barton and Guestier, also known as B & G. Guestier strove to rebuild the reputation that Beychevelle earned at the start of the century. In 1875, Armand Heine, cousin of the famous German poet, Heinrich Heine purchased Chateau Beychevelle. Armand Heine was responsible for building the north wing of the chateau. He also replanted the vineyard of Chateau Beychevelle following the phylloxera epidemic. Chateau Beychevelle remained in the hands of the same family for several generations.

Chateau Beychevelle, The Modern Era

In 1970, Aymar Achille-Fould took over Chateau Beychevelle. In 1984, Achille-Fould took on a partner for the first time, the GMF group. That trend continued in 1988 when the GMF group partnered with the Japanese Suntory company, who were already familiar with Bordeaux, as they owned the neighboring estate, Chateau Lagrange . Philippe Blanc was brought as the managing director in 1995. In February, 2011, Chateau Beychevelle took on new owners when Suntory along with Pierre Castel, the head of the massive company Castel Freres , purchased the Saint Julien estate. Aside from Chateau Beychevelle, the partnership counts the well known Bordeaux negociant companies Barriere Freres and Oenoalliance, numerous branded wines and Chateau Beaumont in the Haut Medoc appellation, as part of their holdings. They also maintain investments in Burgundy, Africa and in China with Changyu-Castel.

Chateau Beychevelle Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes , Winemaking

The 80 hectare Beychevelle vineyard has a terroir of deep, gravel based soils, gentle slopes and with visible access to the Gironde. Under the top soil you find more gravel, rocks, clay and sandstone. The vineyards for Beychevelle are somewhat dispersed throughout the appellation with parcels in the far north of the appellation, next to Pauillac , while other vines are planted at the southern tip of the region. In all, there are 5 distinct blocks of vines that can be further subdivided into 50 separate parcels. The diverse array of terroirs is part of the reason the estate went though a down period between 1962 which continued with few exceptions until the 2000 vintage. Although Beychevelle has 80 planted hectares, the entire Saint Julien estate is a massive 250 hectares. The uncultivated land consists of parkland, forestland and pastures with Limousin cows.

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That being said, their best vines, which number about 20 hectares are planted next to the chateau on the Beychevelle plateau. At its peak, the plateau rises 18 meters. However, it is also important to note that the estate also owns 22 hectares of vines that are actually located in the neighboring Haut Medoc appellation that are considered part of the Saint Julien appellation. The vines in the Haut Medoc are situated in the commune of Cussac, with a very different and much cooler terror than the vineyards in the St. Julien appellation. Due to the fact that those vines were part of Chateau Beychevelle at the time of the original classification, even though they are located in the neighboring appellation of Haut Medoc, the estate has the right to include those vines in either their Grand Vin, the second wine , or use them to produce an Haut Medoc wine. Those parcels are planted mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon , although many of those vines are being replaced with Merlot . Chateau Beychevelle also owns an additional 14 hectares of vines in the Haut Medoc, that are not allowed for use in St. Julien

The Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Beychevelle is planted to 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot . However, it is the goal of the estate to slowly replace a portion of their Merlot vines with more Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines are planted to a density that ranges from 8,300 to 10,000 vines per hectare. Newer plantings are at the higher levels of vine density. On average, the vines are close to 30 years of age. Starting in 2008, Chateau Beychevelle began moving closer to organic farming techniques. Progress is always slow and steady in Bordeaux, especially in the Medoc.

Today, close to 15% of their vineyards are farmed using organic vineyard management techniques. Previously, the percentage was higher, but that has recently changed. It is the definitive direction of Beychevelle to continue increasing the amount of hectares in their vineyards that are farmed organically. However, while the estate continues to expand their organic farming, they also believe in being green, sustainable and energy efficient. All the waste created by the estate are not placed back into the environment. In fact, newly planted bushes, plants and assorted greenery were recently added to the grounds to help promote biodiversity. This, coupled with their sustainable farming practices, earned them the ISO 14001 certification.

Making the Wine of Chateau Beychevelle

The wine of Chateau Beychevelle is vinified in 59, gleaming new, stainless steel vats that range in size from 73 hectares, to 105, 120 and up to 160 hectoliters. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. However, depending on the vintage, a portion of the malolactic can take place in barrel. The wine of Chateau Beychevelle is aged in an average of 50% new, French oak barrels for about 18 months before bottling. There is a second wine, Amiral de Beychevelle which made its debut in the 1950’s. However in those days, perhaps only 4% of the wine was placed into the second wine. It was the decision of Philippe Blanc to vastly increase the percentage of the harvest placed into the second wine, in 1996. There is also a third wine, which is sold as a supermarket brand.

Chateau Beychevelle invested more than 15 million Euros to completely renovate their wine making facilities with a major remodeling of their cellars, vat rooms, tanks and visitor center. Designed by the noted architect Arnaud Boulain and Atelier BPM, the most striking feature of the new winery is its glass walls. The glass walls that enclose the cellars are unique in Bordeaux, allowing visitors to instantly peer directly into the winery and view the wine making taking place. The construction was finished in 2016. Now that it’s completed, visitors can see the estate from Route de Medoc.

Clearly, the biggest improvement in the quality of the wine being produced at Chateau Beychevelle is due to the massive reduction in the effective yields at the property. Vintages like 1982 were produced with almost no selection. In fact, close to 95% of the harvest was placed into the Grand Vin in 1982. Today, the average amount of the harvest going into Beychevelle is closer to 50%! Today, on average, the production of Chateau Beychevelle is about 25,000 cases per year.

The best vintages of Chateau Beychevelle are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2000, 1989, 1982 and 1961. However, other older vintages of Chateau Beychevelle, dating back to 1906 have been fabulous wines!

As we mentioned earlier, the estate also owns vines in the Haut Medoc appellation which are used to produced a wine sold under name of Les Brulieres de Beychevelle. Chateau Beychevelle also produces a negociant wine in partnership with their negociant owner, Barriere called Secret de Grand Bateaux. Secret de Grand Bateaux also displays the estate’s famed Dragon boat logo in their label design for brand continuity. The wine is available as a red wine and white Bordeaux wine.

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Due to the high demand of their wine, known as the Dragon Boat wine, coupled with the rampant counterfeiting that takes place in China, Chateau Beychevelle has added anti counterfeiting measures to their bottles using the Tesa PrioSpot system. The Tesa PrioSpot method adds a unique code to each bottle that is stored in a database that allows purchasers and sellers to check for the authenticity of each bottle along with the name of the original, authorized distributor.

Chateau Beychevelle, The Style and Character of the Wine

Chateau Beychevelle used to be a traditionally made and traditionally styled Bordeaux wine full of cassis, earth, spice and tobacco notes that age’s well. But today, while everything is still in many ways traditional, the estate has really upped their game, and is now making some of the top wines in the appellation. The wine today, shows purity and elegance, along with richness and concentration. The wine is concentrated, fresh and complex, needing time to show at its best. But the wine in some previous vintages lacked excitement. However, they took on a new wine maker to assist with Philippe Blanc, Romain Ducolomb who was previously working at Chateau Clinet in Pomerol . The first vintage for the young Romain Ducolomb is the 2012, which showed softer tannins and more ripeness. It will be interesting to see what the new team continues to add to the wine of Chateau Beychevelle, especially with the new, state of the art cellars that were completed in 2016.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Beycheveller with the Best Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Beychevelle is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Beychevelle is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed and grilled dishes. Chateau Beychevelle is also good when served with Asian dishes, Chinese food, hearty seafood or fish like tuna, salmon, mushrooms, pasta and cheese.

Château Beychevelle Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2016 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. A blue-black deep red, nearly opaque, this the sexiest wine ever created at Beychevelle. The nose moves with cassis, tobacco, cigar box, flowers, boysenberry and dark chocolate. The fruit has unbelievable length, purity, density and silk sheets for tannins -- grand style and character here. This is the first vintage produced in their gleaming, brand new, state-of-the-art cellars. Made from blending 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.62. The Grand Vin represents just 60% of the harvest, which took place from October 3 to October 15, the latest harvest in the history of Beychevelle. 96 - 98 Pts

      97 points - Tasted
  2. 2015 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Licorice, tobacco, cassis and black cherry scents pop with little effort, escorting the palate to an end note of chocolate-covered cassis and dark, red fruits. With soft tannins and the structure to age, this is a richly-textured, round and elegantly-styled wine. Produced from a blend of 47% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, this wine reached 13.9% alcohol with a pH of 3.72. The Grand Vin represents 58% of the harvest which took place from September 22 to October 8. Over the past few years, Beychevelle has really stepped up their game. Under the direction of Philippe Blanc, this has really become a wine to watch. 92 - 94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
  3. 2014 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Step by step, the wines here keep getting better, year after and 2014 is about to break that streak. With a polished, round texture, and layers of, ripe, earthy, blackberries, smoke, thyme and tobacco, there is a hint of dark chocolate and licorice, on top of the sweet, black cherry and cassis and blackberry in the finish that wants you to take another sip.

      94 points - Tasted
    2. This is a beauty. This wine possesses ample depth and intensity, setting a new standard of quality for Beychevelle. Dense, long and voluptuous, arousing the senses with a sweet kiss of sun-warmed currants and dark chocolate, this is by far the most concentrated, supple wine that the estate has ever produced. The finish really lingers with its layers of fruit. With 51% Merlot in the blend, it’s the highest percentage of Merlot used in the history of the estate. That is paired with 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine reached 14.05% alcohol with a pH of 3.64. The Grand Vin represents 68% of the crop. 93 – 94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
  4. 2013 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. A solid wine in a difficult vintage, there is freshness in the fruits and notes of cedar with tobacco to complicate matters. Medium bodied, forward and classically styled, give it a few years and it could be even better.

      89 points - Tasted
    2. With an earthy, sweet and sour cherry nose, this classically styled wine serves up strong notes of cherry griotte and licorice in the fresh, but austere, short finish. Blending 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot, this is the first time since 2001 the property did not use Cabernet Franc in the blend. The wine reached 13.4% alcohol. This represents 45% of the Grand Vin. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
  5. 2012 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Quite stylish for the vintage, with its ripe, soft blackberry, smoke and tobacco personality, the wine finishes with soft, polished fruits.

      91 points - Tasted
    2. A blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.3% alcohol with 3.82pH. The wine will be aged in 50% new French oak. Good depth of color, truffle, earth and blackberry scents come to the forefront. Soft, round and showing some nice flesh, the wine ends with fresh black and red spicy fruits. This is a nice effort for the debut vintage with their new winemaker, Romain Ducolomb. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
  6. 2011 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Medium bodied with bright cassis and cranberry fruits, herbs and is slightly austere in style, with some dryness in the bright finish. With luck, time might soften the wine.

      88 points - Tasted
    2. With lead pencil, cedar and cassis, the wine is medium bodied and tannic, ending with bright cassis and cranberry. 88-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  7. 2010 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Even better than the 2009, the 2010 Beychevelle has more of everything, focus, energy, concentration, length and tannins. Full bodied, fresh and lively, the blast of sweet, ripe, dark red fruits, polished tannins and length that keeps it going is the mark of a really great wine. At the moment, it needs at least 3-4 hours in the decanter and coaxing to see its potential. I'd give it until at least 2022-2025 before it really starts to sing.

      94 points - Tasted
    2. Much better today, than it seemed to be on release. Full bodied, soft, refined, with the structure to age and develop, with air and effort, tobacco, black cherry, forest floor, fennel and cigar box aromatics are easily found. Polished, fresh and soft, this vibrant wine will get better for years. I would wait until at least 2020 to pop a cork.

      93 points - Tasted
    3. Beychevelle A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot create a structured, masculine, four-square styled wine dominated by fresh, ripe, cassis notes. This old school style of wine will please some tasters more than it did me. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  8. 2009 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. The best showing yet. The wine seems to be filling out, putting on more weight, and softening. The licorice, smoke, espresso, black cherry and tobacco charms are becoming more evident. Supple, focused and youthful, give this beauty another 5 years and it should be a real treat!

      93 points - Tasted
    2. Another wine that is better today, than on release. Showing a fleshy, polished refined, round personality. with soft, silky tannins and ripe dark berries with some dark chocoalte notes, this is a refined, elegant Bordeaux that needs more time in the bottle.

      92 points - Tasted
    3. Earth, smoke, blackberry and cassis aromas lead to a full bodied wine that is slightly firm in its personality.

      91 points - Tasted
    4. 2009 Beychevelle offers spice, cedar, cassis, oak, and black raspberry aromas. Full bodied, with soft tannins, the wine ends with a dark berry finish. Beychevelle is one of the few non First Growths popular in the Asian market, in part because of the wine’s logo. The image shows a boat that was used to ferry barrels of Bordeaux. In China, the boat is called a Dragon boat, a symbol of good luck. June 16, 2010, marked the official date of the Dragon Boat festival in China. It is possible that was the same day 2009 Beychevelle was offered as a future . 90/92 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
  9. 2008 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Old school in style, the wine combines cassis, cranberry and earthy flavors. The finish has a hint of tart and green flavors along with the bright cassis sensation. Fans of old school Bordeaux wine will like this much more than I did.

      88 points - Tasted
  10. 2007 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Easy drinking, medium bodied charmer, with soft tannins, a tobacco, cedar, red plum and cassis nose and freshness in the crisp, red berry finish. This is ready to go.

      88 points - Tasted
  11. 2006 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Cedar, tobacco and cassis open the nose. The wine is medium bodied, classically styled and ends with a fresh, spicy, earthy, vibrant finish. Give it a few more years to soften and round out the tannins. At 56% of the blend, the Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most dominant in the history of the estate.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. Black raspberry, earth, spicy cassis and floral notes in the perfume are the best part of the wine. Medium bodied, almost light in style, in a good sense, this is a great example of what the British refer to as a luncheon Claret.

      90 points - Tasted
  12. 2005 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Much better than the previous bottle tasted, this was a lot of fun to have in my glass. The fruit was ripe, the tannins were polished the aromatics too time to get going, but once they did, the cedar, tobacco, thyme, cassis, earth, spice and blackberry aromatics were right where they needed to be. The wine had ample concentration and length, all it needs is more time in the cellar in the cellar to develop its nuances and textures. Else, give it a few hours of air, if you cannot wait.

      93 points - Tasted
    2. Medium/full bodied, with a classic cassis, cedar, wet earth and tobacco profile, along with ample tannins and crisp fruit in the finish. Still young, and better on the nose than than the palate today, this old school Bordeaux styled wine, will appeal to some tasters more than others with its structured classical approach. The wines being made at the property today offer a lot more excitement.

      91 points - Tasted
    3. Tight, but with coaxing, aromas of dark berries, cassis, earth, spice and tobacco could be found. In personality, while well made, this medium bodied wine is a bit four square and lacks the depth and concentration found in many of its neighbor's wines. Still tannic, this blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc demands another 5-8 years before it comes out of its shell.

      90 points - Tasted
  13. 2004 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Leafy, pine, cedar chest, forest, lead pencil and black cherry aromas create the perfume. Blackberry and cassis on the palate, with firm tannins and a strict, spicy, cassis and herbal finish.

      89 points - Tasted
  14. 2003 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Ruby with slight bricking at the edge, jammy black raspberry, forest floor, cigar box, cedar and earthy scents create the nose. On the palate, the wine is soft, silky and offers sweet, ripe roasted black cherries and juicy plums.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. Still young, with air the wine revealed an earthy, tobacco, blackberry, forest floor nose. On the palate, the wine feels a little dry, ending with black cherries and herbs. This is a nice wine. It's well made, but it lacks the depth found in the best wines of the vintage.

      90 points - Tasted
  15. 2002 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Firm, rustic, classic style of wine, with a crisp, peppery, sharp, red berry edge that is a bit stoic in its personality. Drink or hold, but do not expect miracles if you lay it down for ages.

      87 points - Tasted
  16. 2001 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Medium bodied, with a lean to the red berry side of the range, there is freshness, spice and earth, but not a lot of excitement in this wine.

      88 points - Tasted
  17. 2000 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. The nose offers tobacco, blackberry, cassis, wet earth, cedar chest and cassis. On the palate, the wine is firm, fresh and traditional. This is well made and developing nicely, but there is a lack of excitement in the wine that would make me want to open another bottle. Tasters that prefer less ripe, lean, traditional or classic Bordeaux wine, will like this a lot more than I did.

      90 points - Tasted
  18. 1996 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Medium bodied, fresh, with a lean to the crisp, red berry side of the style range, the wine lacks intensity, exchanging it for more freshness. The wine is more interesting on the nose, than on the palate. You can drink this now, or age it further.

      88 points - Tasted
  19. 1995 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Firm, almost strict, classic, four square style of wine, with a tannic edge. There is plenty of tobacco, earth, forest, cassis, cedar wood and cranberry to go around, but the wine does have a very austere character. this wine is going to please some folks more than others.

      88 points - Tasted
  20. 1990 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. With more red fruit than black fruit in the earthy aromas, this traditionally made St Julien is past full maturity. Medium bodied, soft textured and a bit four square, the wine ends with a light, black plum and cranberry finish. Drink up.

      87 points - Tasted
  21. 1989 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Dirty cherries, earth and wood. This was a one dimensional, boring wine

      88 points - Tasted
  22. 1986 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. The years have been kind to this wine, as the tannins have become subdued and integrated, giving the wine structure along with lift, ripe, juicy cassis and a distinctive cigar box note that really works. Medium/full bodied and just entering its prime time window, this is a great example of classic Bordeaux.

      92 points - Tasted
  23. 1985 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Charmless, lacking fruit and excitement expressed an austere personality.

      83 points - Tasted
  24. 1983 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Surprisingly fresh, complex and loaded with ripe, sweet dark red fruits, cedar wood, smoke, tobacco and cigar box aromatics that are present in the aromatics and in the finish.

      89 points - Tasted
  25. 1982 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Old school charm in spades are found in this wine. The earthy, truffle, cedar chest and cassis nose, with its strong tobacco essence makes the perfect foil for the non-stop cassis and cigar box finish. My guess is, this is drinking at peak and that there is no reason to age it further.

      92 points - Tasted
    2. Old school, with some rusticity to the tannins, a nose packed with tobacco, leaves, herbs, cigar box and cassis, the wine ends with sweet, fresh cherries that slowly move to cranberry in the end note.

      92 points - Tasted
    3. Mature scents of cassis, tobacco, earth and spice were easy to spot. Full bodied and concentrated, this usually four square, structured wine offered ample pleasure. Full bodied and with ripe tannins, this charming wine showed a lot of stylish, ripe dark berries in the mouth filling finish.

      93 points - Tasted
  26. 1980 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Bricky in color, with the taste of tea, not much fruit, but a nice texture, drink this sooner than later before the remaining red fruits fade away.

      75 points - Tasted
  27. 1978 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. This is a dog of a wine that never stops barking. Brown , red tint with not much fruit. Drink up if you dare.

      80 points - Tasted
  28. 1970 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Truffle and tobacco with cherries and cedar chest aromas in the nose. The wine shows a brown, ruby hue in the glass. There is a modicum of light, earthy, red fruits remaining. The texture was soft and pleasurable, but it really requires drinking much sooner than later.

      84 points - Tasted
    2. Light in color, this medium bodied Bordeaux offered smoke, tobacco, earth, cassis and spice aromas. The wine ends with spice, cassis and cherry. A nice example of traditional, aged Bordeaux. However, there is no reason to hold it any longer. As light as it is, it will only drop more fruit in the future.

      85 points - Tasted
  29. 1966 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. From a perfect bottle that has never been moved from the cold cellars of the chateau, the secondary, wet forest, cedar, tobacco and fresh cherry aromas are out in front. Medium bodied, elegant, soft, fresh and spicy, with a refined texture, this is really a nice, aged, classic Bordeaux at peak.

      91 points - Tasted
  30. 1965 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Murky in color, and not much better in the mouth, on the bright side, the wine was wet and had some alcohol remaining. This could be the first bottle of 1965 Bordeaux I've ever tasted. I'm hoping not to double the amount of my 65 tasting notes in this life.

      55 points - Tasted
  31. 1964 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. It's always nice to be surprised when a wine shows much better than expected. Beychevelle was on top of their game in the 60's and this bottle shows why. Truffle, smoke, tobacco, earth, plums and leather scent to a soft textured, medium/full bodied wine that is fully mature. The wine ends with a spice and cassis finish. This bottle was in such perfect condition, it is probably better than most examples out there to taste.

      89 points - Tasted
  32. 1961 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Beychevelle was at one time, a more expensive wine than Ducru Beaucaillou or Gruaud Larose . This bottle showed why. Truffles, earth, tobacco, cassis, stone, and scents of roses were easy to detect. Sweet, soft, elegant and fresh in the mouth, this delightful, fully mature Bordeaux wine ended with a long cassis, spice and cold steel filled finish. This is one of the better buys for a wine from this legendary vintage.

      93 points - Tasted
    2. Tobacco, smoke, cassis, cedar wood, truffle and forest floor aromas made their presence known. Still going strong at over 50 years of age, this concentrated, classic, old school Bordeaux wine ends with a long, masculine, yet refined, cassis, earth and spice filled finish. Beychevelle was producing strong wines in the 40,s 50's and early 60's. I bought a case of this wine a few years ago and every bottle has been a pleasure to taste!

      93 points - Tasted
    3. Tobacco, cigar box, ash, gravel, cassis, forest floor and wet earth aromas keep your nose busy. Round, soft, full bodied and filled with blackberry and plums, this is one of the better buys for people seeking a Bordeaux wine from the 1961 vintage.

      90 points - Tasted
    4. Light ruby with tea color. Tobacco, cedar, cassis, truffles, earth, spice and herbs start off the perfume. Full bodied, with ample concentration, the wine ended with cassis, spice, blackberry and tart dark cherry finish. This was a surprise aas I was not expecting much. It’s always great when you expect the worse from a bottle, and you end up with a great tasting experience that was much better than anticipated.

      90 points - Tasted
  33. 1955 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Better on the tobacco, earth, cedar, cigar box and strawberry nose, than on the light, sharp, cassis and cranberry, acidic palate.

      83 points - Tasted
  34. 1945 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Tasting much younger than its true age, the wine delivers tobacco, sweet, spicy cherries, plum, earth and cigar box aromatics. There is a sense of old school, rustic charm that adds to the experience.

      89 points - Tasted
  35. 1920 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Looking more like rose hip tea than wine, the perfume was the best attribute, with its forest floor, cedar wood, cigar box, tobacco, tar and hints of cassis. The whisp of fruit remaining showed a light, still fresh cassis character.

      77 points - Tasted
  36. 1906 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. Served double blind, I was sure it was from the early 1950's. Discovering the wine was 100 years old was mind blowing! The nose, with its cornucopia of scents, mostly from the smoke, tobacco and earthy side also showed a strong cedar wood component. Amazingly, there was also red fruit remaining int eh spicy finish. This is one bottle I will not see again, but the memory is really going to linger.

      85 points - Tasted
  37. 1858 Château Beychevelle St. Julien.

    1. The oldest dry red wine I have ever tasted. Tea and rust in color, there is a bare suggestion of strawberry along with the tobacco, cigar box, wet forest and cedar chest notes. Light in texture and fruit, it's an amazing treat to taste bottled history.

      83 points - Tasted