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It seems we are more in Jancis' camp on our tasting of this than Mr Parker's. Despite the moment of rich, ripe cherry fruit in the mid palate there is something slightly one dimensional about this year's Beychevelle and after a jot of fun it finishes quite tarry and hard. L&S (May 2013)
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Philippe Blanc is a winemaker in the ascendency in Saint Julien and he has crafted some lovely Beychevelle wines recently. The Grand Vin is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot picked from 27 September until 18 October (16 days picking) and it is being raised in 50% new oak. It has a ripe, rounded, quite generous bouquet with floral, crushed violet scents developing in the glass. The palate has quite a surprising grip on the entry. The IPT of 75 makes its mark – there is real backbone to this Beychevelle and it could be one of the longer-lasting Saint Julien wines. Graphite and a touch of dried herbs on the classic finish show that this could be one of the 2012 worth allocating a berth in your cellar. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(May 2013)
A strong, solid effort from Beychevelle, the 2012 exhibits a deep ruby/plum color in addition to a sweet perfume of mulberries, black currants, jammy cherries, vanilla and damp earth. With good power and more depth than many Medocs as well as the estate’s hallmark finesse and elegance, this excellent, possibly outstanding wine possesses sweet tannin and more mid-palate depth than many of its peers. Rating: 89-91 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Apr 2013)
The price is sometimes distorted by the appeal of the Chinese dragon on the label, but this fourth growth is rarely less than reliable. The 2012 is made in a classic style, with elegant, leafy fruit, some tobacco spice, refreshing acidity and enough tannin and structure to age. The freshness of the wine is very attractive. Drink: 2020-30. Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2013)
St Julien Quatrième cru 1855 Jean-Louis Nogaret de la Valette, the first Duke of Epernon, was a powerful man. He was an Admiral and the Governor of Guyenne under King Henri III and in deference to him, so it is said, ships passing his estate on the River Gironde would dip their sails - this "baisse-voile" (or "bacha velo" in the local Gascon tongue) became "Beychevelle", and accounts for the presence of a rather fanciful ship on the label. The griffon at the prow of said ship echos the griffon in Greek mythology who guarded Dionysus's wine goblet. The fine château was built in the 18th Century, extended in the 19th, and has recently been restored. The vineyards are 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot with a little each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Wines are aged in wood for 18 months, with 50% of the barriques being new each year.
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