1959 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note
|1959||Château Beychevelle (St. Julien)|
This particular bottle was stunning! It started off good and got better and better. I mention the specific bottle, because, with every older bottle, you will get a unique experience. As I was saying, this beauty was packed with cigar box, leafy herbs, smoke, leather, tobacco leaf, spice, and red berries. The palate stained by the patina of age with soft, elegant, and refined, with length and complexity. There is no reason to hold off opening it, if you are lucky enough to have a well-stored bottle.
2,296 Views Tasted Jun 1, 2023
Smoky, full-bodied, bright, earthy and filled with cigar, tobacco and cassis, the fully mature wine is a perfect example of classic claret at its best. Not decanted, this was simply popped and poured, which is a good thing, as it did not improve in the glass.
2,975 Views Tasted Jun 26, 2019
A golden era for Beychevelle, the wine started off great. The showy nose with its stacks of tobacco, ash, leaf, cedar and smoke stood out. But on the palate, the wine faded a bit too quick, which was too bad, as the tannins were soft, and fruit bore the touch of an obviously sunny vintage. This is not a wine to age any longer.
2,577 Views Tasted Oct 22, 2018
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 at 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 10-40 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.