Each plot and each variety were harvested in excellent conditions - between September 22 and October 8 - at Château Beychevelle. Healthy and perfectly ripe, the grapes were selected in an even more stringent way with optical sorting, used for the first time at the property. The resulting wine has an intense violet purple color, a wonderful aromatic richness and complex depth on the palate. Beychevelle 2015 provides shiny black fruit notes, as well as an intense richness. The tannins in the mouth are precise and creamy, with an intense freshness and a savory acidity. The whole essence of the entire 2015 vintage can be found in this Saint-Julien wine.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2015 Beychevelle was picked between 22 September and 8 October, a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot that will be matured in 50% new oak. It has quite a high IPT at 81, a pH of 3.72. It has a clean and crisp bouquet, tightly-wound at first, then unfurls with redcurrant, cranberry and raspberry scents, leaning towards the red spectrum rather than black. There is impressive delineation here, no frills, almost clinical in its aromatic efficiency. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This is a suave Beychevelle in the making, harmonious in the mouth, supple even, gently building towards a lightly spiced finish. Among the Saint Julien wines, this is clearly one of the more understated 2015s. It is only when you swallow the wine that its lingering flavors remind you that this could evolve into one of Philippe Blanc's great Beychevelles. While it is not a headline-grabbing wine, a decade in bottle will be handsomely rewarded.