2016 Château Beychevelle St. Julien Wine Tasting Note

2016 Château Beychevelle  (St. Julien) 97

Without a doubt, this is the best wine ever produced at the estate. The levels of richness, depth of flavor and silky, polished tannins all work together to deliver a supple, lush, opulent wine with layer after layer of pure, black and dark red fruits. The velvet-textured wine remains with you for at least 50 seconds in its long, multi-dimensional finish.

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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.

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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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