Beychevelle, always known as a very smooth and delicate wine, has become richer and more muscular in recent decades. Incorporating a larger proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, a longer cuvaison, more new oak for barrel aging, and the option of a second label for lighter wines have all resulted in a better constructed, more concentrated style of St. Julien.
These changes have not meant a sacrifice of charm or finesse, however. Even in top years, Château Beychevelle is uncommonly smooth, supple and drinkable at a young age. With lovely soft, plummy, gentle flavors, it does not need to be laid down for long aging. Surprisingly given its easy approachability, Château Beychevelle does not fade faster than other wines and can age well for 15 years or more in the better years. It is usually best drunk within 7-20 years of the vintage.
The top 3 most liked reviews for this wine.
A Customer - Wisconsin, USA
The '95 Chateau Beychevelle St Julien
is simply the most amazing wine I have
ever tasted. I do a mixture of French
and vegetarian cooking and find the
subtle cool flavors of the wine to suit
nearly any dish. It is the perfect wine
and adds to an experience rather than
having to select a flavor of wine to
compliment the dish, this is a utilitarian
wine that goes in all occasions.
Simply the best. I am a true believe of
the skill of all the Beychevelle wines now.
Definately one of the most consistant
wines shipped to the states. It has
taken Jadot over as my favorite producer.
If you like this red wine you might try
Verget Ladioux a white burgandy. '97
seems a particularly good year for this
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