1926 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Wine Tasting Note

1926 Château Beychevelle  (St. Julien) 93

Ruby tea in color, with a stunning nose, showing off its dried leaves cedar, tobacco, tea, smoke, tobacco, forest floor, cigar wrapper and cherry scented perfume with ease. Medium bodied, and almost light in weight, the spicy, tobacco stained red fruits still offered some sweetness with a shot of freshness to keep things honest. This bottle had not moved from the cellars since it produced, which I am sure helped it retain its character over the years.

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When to Drink Chateau Beychevelle, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Beychevelle can be enjoyed on the young side with at least a few hours of air. However, the wine is usually better with 8-12 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. In the best vintages, the wine will be at its best between 10-35 years of age after the vintage.

Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-4 hours give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Beychevelle 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.

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.