Chateau Beychevelle 1997
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 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.