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Chateau Beychevelle, Saint Julien, Medoc, Bordeaux
Chateau Beychevelle

Built in the 17th century, reconstructed by the marquis de Brassier in 1757 and extended by the Heine family at the end of the 19th century. Classical in its lines, the imposing facade, topped with a majestic triangular pediment and with wings on each side, is embellished with volutes and vases that give it an exuberantly baroque appearance. Château Beychevelle has recently been restored to its original splendor. In 1984, a large number of shares in the estate were sold to Grands Millésimes de France (GMF), the French Civil Servants' Pension Fund. GMF subsequently bought all the remaining shares, and sold 40% on to Japanese group Suntory, who had already purchased nearby Chateau Lagrange in 1983. With new ownership came new investment, and in recent vintages this has been evident as improved quality in the finished product.

This classified growth of Saint-Julien owes its first-rate reputation to the particularly charming character of its wine. St. Julien, the smallest of the four famous appellations of the Haut Medoc, is known for highly extracted, finely structured, Cabernet-based reds. It is nestled between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south. Like St. Estephe, there are no first growths in this area. Leoville-las-Cases, Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Gruard Larose are the second-growths of St. Julien followed by Lagrange which is the only third-growth. Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, St. Pierre, and Talbot, which are all fourth-growth wines, round out the grand cru classe chateaux.

Chateau Beychevelle
Beychevelle's 85 hectares of vineyards are located in the far south of the St-Julien appellation, just outside the hamlet of St-Julien-Beychevelle. The wine is typically a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. It is matured in oak barrels (50-60% new) for 18 months. Its label depicts a beautiful galley with a large sail, as a consequence of its ownership in the 16th century by the Duc d`Eperon, Admiral of France at the time. The expression "Baisse-Vaille", meaning "lower sails", later evolved into the name Beychevelle.

The grand vin is Chateau Beychevelle, there is a second wine Amiral de Beychevelle, as well as an AC Haut-Médoc made from a few vineyard plots bordering St Julien, Brulières de Beychevelle.

Chateau Beychevelle 2002 Bordeaux Chateau Beychevelle 2002 BordeauxRed Wine
Very attractive aromas of blackberry and minerals. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a light finish. Wines Spectator Rating - 85/89
Quite good color, but should be deeper, pleasant Cabernet nose, but too much greenness on the fruit and not much length, some elegance but little depth. Decanter Magazine Rating: 2 stars

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Chateau Beychevelle 2002 Bordeaux Chateau Beychevelle 2003 BordeauxRed Wine
“Medium to full-bodied with loads of fruit and glycerin, it is much more approachable than usual, but also generously proportioned and exceptionally well-balanced. Beautifully situated estate in St.-Julien, we might be seeing a resurrection in quality, or at least much more consistency. A beauty in an up-front, supple, sexy style is the generous and savory, dark ruby / plum-colored 2003 Beychevelle.” Rated 90, Robert Parker

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