The elegant finesse of an exceptional Saint-Julien
The exceptional 2009 vintage has hoisted the iconic Château Beychevelle to the rank of the greatest Saint Julien.
True to the saying that "great terroirs face the water", Château Beychevelle enjoys a superb location on the Left Bank in the Bordeaux region in the immediate vicinity of the Gironde estuary.
The exceptional climatic conditions during 2009 produced perfectly ripe berries, which were full of polyphenols and tannins along with aromatic freshness and acidity.
With great aromatic richness, the Château Beychevelle 2009 seduces immediately with the complexity of its bouquet that opens with black fruit, sweet spice and blond tobacco notes. On the palate, the wine unfolds all its power while maintaining a perfect balance as the mouthfeel evolves with grace and finesse. An exceptional Saint-Julien that still promises to keep for years to come in the cellar.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The finest Beychevelle since the 2003 and probably since the 1982, Beychevelle's 2009 is opaque purple in color, with a beautiful, floral nose intermixed with black currant fruit, licorice, cedar wood and Christmas fruitcake. Full-bodied yet still elegant and pure, this wine has velvety tannins, a broad, savory mouthfeel, and a very long finish. There is plenty of tannin behind the extravagant fruit, glycerin and texture of this wine, but it is largely concealed. This wine could actually turn out to be even better than my relatively conservative tasting note. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2042.