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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Chateau Beychevelle  2000
Chateau Beychevelle 2000
(search item no. 55156)
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $46.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Another fabulous 2000 Bordeaux! 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.

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About Chateau Beychevelle:

Chateau Beychevelle, A prestigious Cru Classe whose character has been forged by three centuries of history... Nowhere does the word Château in its noblest sense ring as true as it does at Beychevelle.

The elegance of its classical architecture makes it a jewel in the crown of the Médoc, coveted since its creation by the powerful families who have successively marked the economic, political and cultural life of Bordeaux and the regio.