2019 Château Beychevelle, St.-Julien: £657 IB per dozenMonday, June 8
A large print of the Beychevelle label stares down at us in the office, with its familiar image of a sailing ship, commemorating the admiral who once owned the Château. Passing ships were required to lower their sales in his honour. The resemblance to a 'dragon boat' has made this a collectable wine in China and Beychevelle, resulting in a positive effect on its potential as an investment-grade wine. Quality is improving and Jane Anson describes the 2019 as a 'confident and well expressed Beychevelle' (94 points). At £657 IB, this is the cheapest Beychevelle on the market (all other vintages are trading above £700) and is 8.7% below the release price of the 2018 (£720).
Offered En Primeur, landing Spring 2022.
2019 Château Beychevelle, Cru Classé St.-Julien
"A confident and well expressed Beychevelle, this is bristling with blackberry and cassis fruits, creamy through the mid palate as so many of the best wines are in this vintage. It's broad shouldered which takes it a little out of appellation signature, but the glamour is well balanced by a lovely crushed mint leaf finish. Harvest September 23 to October 10, 55% of production in this main estate wine, 45% in the 2nd wine. 60% new oak. 3% Cabernet Franc completes the blend. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044. 94 points." Jane Anson, Decanter
"Rich, layered red with lots of ripe fruit and creamy, round tannins. Yet, it’s fresh and refined at the same time. Flavorful finish. Ripe and solid. Equal to the 2018 in quality. 93-94 points." James Suckling
"The 2019 Beychevelle, one of the only wines that I actually tasted at the château with Philippe Blanc prior to lockdown, has a wonderful bouquet with detailed blackberry, briary, cedar and light touches of mocha unfurling from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity, a discrete marine influence taking over towards the finish. There is a tang of seaweed and brine on the aftertaste. It keeps you coming back for more. This is a great 2019 from Blanc and his team though we must wait to see if it will surpass their 2018. 93-95 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com