1988 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Wine Tasting Note

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1988 Château Beychevelle  (St. Julien) 87

Better on the nose, with its earthy, tobacco, cedar, cigar box and red plum filled perfume, than on the classic, firm, slightly austere, crisp palate. There is no reason to hold this for further aging.

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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.

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