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Beychevelle 2016

Beychevelle

Case Format: 12x75cl

Max score: 96.0

A triumphant galley sweeps across the front of Château Beychevelle’s bottle, which pays homage to its 16th century ownership under Duc d’Epernon, Admiral of France. Today, the Château continues its unvanquished legacy, by creating a highly respected signature wine renowned for its rounded, lavish flavour which is occasionally punctuated by hints of chocolate. This is a luxurious wine, whose vineyards comprise an abundant mixture of Cabernet Sauvignon (c.52%), Merlot (c.40%), Cabernet Franc (c.5%) and Petit Verdot (c.3%) to form its sumptuous ruby-red colour. Often known as the “Versailles of the Medoc”, Beychevelle is a grand estate that continues to support cutting-edge contemporary art through the Beychevelle Foundation. Blending viticulture with art may seem unexpected for many, but Château Beychevelle reminds us of the creativity, craftsmanship and ingenuity that exists behind the cultivation of some of our most treasured wines.

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CRITIC REVIEWS

96-98
Neal Martin

The 2016 Beychevelle is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc cropped at 45 hectoliters per hectare between 3 October and 18 October. It is matured in 50% new oak. Furthermore, it is the first vintage to be matured in the new chichi winery whose glass exterior overlooks the passing traffic on the D2. It has a very pure, fragrant bouquet with black cherries, cassis, cedar and wet limestone, extremely precise to the point where you might think it was from the Right Bank (logical given the proportion of Merlot in the blend). The palate is sensational: understated at first and bridled with ultra-fine tannin, it is a Beychevelle armed with a disarming sense of symmetry. It builds in the mouth towards a fabulously tensile finish that is so fresh and full of energy that the senses are almost overwhelmed. Frankly, it leaves all the other Beychevelles in recent years standing. This is an electrifying 2016 from winemaker Philippe Blanc and his right-hand man, technical director, Romain Ducolomb.

17
Jancis Robinson

Tasted blind. Purple fruits and lots of come-hither opulence followed by some green leafiness. One of the more immediately charming St-Julien 2018s.

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MAX CRITIC SCORE

96.0

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