Chateau Beychevelle is a Classified 3rd Growth from Saint-Julien. The vineyard spreads over a total area of 90 hectares, planted on a typical terroir of deep gravel from the Garonne. The 2016 vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (47%), Merlot (47%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot (1%).
Chateau Beychevelle 2016 is refined and elegant, respecting the long tradition of the property. Precise and generous, the mouth is coated with a silky and voluptuous flavours. The wine is of a rare beauty and power, where subtlety, complexity, freshness and depth blend together perfectly.
The 2016 Beychevelle is comprised of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. It spent 18 months aging in 50% new and 50% second use barrels. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it is a little broody to begin, opening slowly to reveal subtle savory notes of dried herbs, charcuterie and black olives before breaking through to a profound core of warm cassis, baked black plums, red currant jelly and candied violets. The palate is medium-bodied and delicately played with a quiet intensity of tightly wound nuances and fantastic freshness, finishing with a lingering savory lift. This latent beauty will require a bit more time than most 2016s, but it promises to overdeliver to those prepared to wait. Around 19,000 cases were made.