Peter Maude Fine Wines

2021, Château Beychevelle, SAINT-JULIEN Grand Vin

$122 ex. GST
$140.30 inc. GST
Estimated full landed price – $155.37
Very popular and silky St. Julien 4th Growth, from a 90 hectare vineyard. Always polished and supple.

The 2021 Beychevelle is a strong effort, exhibiting aromas of sweet berries and plums mingled with cigar wrapper and fresh mint. Medium to full-bodied, bright and fine-boned, it's deep and layered, with powdery tannins, lively acids and a saline finish. This wine only improved over the five times I tasted it.  91-94 William Kelley, Wine Advocate.

Darkly herbal, spiced and perfumed nose. Supple, fruity, forward and lively, this has an initial vivacious and pulsing energy that settles giving some eucalyptus and cedar notes as well as liquorice and clove which then dominate the finish. It starts well, with such pace, and you feel the fruit has been well worked with tannins that are silky and fine. This has density and chew which I love as well as structure and backbone - a wine overall of finesse. Great potential here.  94 Georgina Hindle, Decanter Magazine.

The 2021 Beychevelle has a pleasant, light bouquet offering blackberry, briar, peppermint and sage aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a firm grip on the entry. The Cabernet Sauvignon is fully in the driving seat here, imparting quite intense blackberry and graphite notes. As with many Saint-Julien barrel samples, a Pauillac-like structure comes through. The liquorice-tinged finish is fresh and focused. This is quite an endearing Beychevelle after the challenging growing season.  91-93 Neal Martin

Blueberry and some chocolate and berry character. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh, medium finish.  91-92 James Suckling.

Silky and well textured fruits, with gentle build through the palate and a carefully constructed balance of raspberry and redcurrant fruit and fresh acidity that comes through in lemongrass and a raspy slate texture. Not easy to achieve this in 2021, will have needed careful sorting and plot by plot work in vineyard and cellar. The firm frame is a little austere, but there is finesse here.  92 Jane Anson.

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