2007 Ch. Beychevelle, St Julien

2007 Ch. Beychevelle, St Julien

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2007 Ch. Beychevelle, St Julien

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For so long I have considered Beychevelle to be a tried and tested, does what it says on the tin, kind of a Claret. Maybe even, good but a touch boring! Over the last few years this couldn't be further from the truth and the 2007 is undoubtedly one of the wines of the commune. A quintessential St Julien that offers a fantastic crunchy freshness to the fruit that is so characteristic of the vintage. This wine represents great value, and now I can honestly say Beychevelle is an exciting wine to look out for! 
Hong Kong Fine Wine Team With its stunning château and Versailles-like vista stretching to the Gironde, Beychevelle has produced a stylish 2007 that perfectly matches its surroundings. It is incredibly harmonious and elegant while the seductive, velvety texture merely adds to its appeal. The honest, affable Philippe Blanc has produced an extremely attractive 2007 with a rich, dried fruit nose, a creamy palate with generous blackberries, coffee and exotic spice and a long damson finish. Surprisingly concentrated for 2007 this will be delicious after five years but will age as gracefully as always.
Simon Staples -Fine Wine Director- July 2008
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Chateau Beychevelle

Chateau Beychevelle

Château Beychevelle is a 4ème Cru Classé St-Julien wine property that boasts one of the most impressive châteaux in the whole of the Médoc. 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. Today the property is owned by Grands Millésimesde France.

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. It is renowned for its suppleness, smoothness and its rich, and sometimes chocolatey character.

The best examples from the best Beychevelle vintages are powerful and concentrated, with oodles of almost sweet, ultra-ripe Cabernet fruit, and can age effortlessly.

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St Julien

St Julien

St Julien is the smallest of the "Big Four" Médoc communes. Although, without any First Growths, St Julien is recognised to be the most consistent of the main communes, with several châteaux turning out impressive wines year after year. 

St Julien itself is much more of a village than Pauillac and almost all of the notable properties lie to its south. Its most northerly château is Ch. Léoville Las Cases (whose vineyards actually adjoin those of Latour in Pauillac) but,  further south, suitable vineyard land gives way to arable farming and livestock until the Margaux appellation is reached.  

The soil is gravelly and finer than that of Pauillac, and without the iron content which gives Pauillac its stature. The homogeneous soils in the vineyards (which extend over a relatively small area of just over 700 hectares) give the commune a unified character.

The wines can be assessed as much by texture as flavour, and there is a sleek, wholesome character to the best. Elegance, harmony and perfect balance and weight, with hints of cassis and cedar, are what epitomise classic St Julien wines. At their very best they combine Margaux’s elegance and refinement with Pauillac’s power and substance.

Ch. Léoville Las Cases produces arguably the most sought-after St Julien, and in any reassessment of the 1855 Classification it would almost certainly warrant being elevated to First Growth status.

Recommended Châteaux: Ch. Léoville Las CasesCh.Léoville Barton, Ch Léoville Poyferré, Ch. Ducru-Beaucaillou, Ch Langoa Barton, Ch Gruaud Larose, Ch. Branaire-Ducru, Ch. Beychevelle

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

Wine Advocate89/100
jancisrobinson.com16.5/20
Decanter16.5/100

Critic reviews

Wine Advocate89/100
Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Beychevelle has a more vigorous bouquet compared directly against the 2007 Talbot: dusky black fruit, sage and a hint of espresso. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, more mature than I was expecting with a soft but cohesive, meaty/dried blood finish that has a sense of rusticity, ferrous on the aftertaste. Drink now and over the next 10-12 years. Tasted February 2017.
Neal Martin - 30/06/2017 Read more
jancisrobinson.com16.5/20
"Serious, savoury nose. Real lift. A refreshing drink! Some light tannins are pretty chewy but not green. Not a big wine but a well balanced one." Jancis Robinson -  www.jancisrobinson.com  - Apr 08 Read more
Decanter16.5/100
Good deep colour, fragrant and floral fruit (peonies) on the nose, nicely extracted and shows the elegance of Saint-Julien, not great length nor fruit, but good wine. Read more