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2020 Château Beychevelle En Primeur

Released en primeur this morning, 2020 Châteaux Beychevelle scores 95-97 points from Jeb Dunnuck ("a stunner that does everything right"), along with a host of other excellent notes from the major critics.   

 

Bordeaux En Primeur, Landing in spring 2023

Limited availability.  To order, e-mail us at sales@richardkihl.ltd.uk 

 

Château Beychevelle, Cru Classé St.-Julien

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Château Beychevelle, Cru Classé St.-Julien

Château Beychevelle is a Quatrièmes Cru Classé in Saint-Julien.  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. 

The 90-hectare estate is run by Philippe Blanc.  The classical château was built in the 17th century, reconstructed by the Marquis de Brassier in 1757, and extended by the Heine family at the end of the 19th century.

 

RED 2020 Château Beychevelle 75cl £695 per case of 12 Château Beychevelle
2020 / / 75cl
£695 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesSOLD OUT------“Cask sample taken 31 March. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. Concentrated purple. Headily aromatic with mulberry perfume and just a hint of oak. Silky tannins and marked freshness. Neat and the opposite of opulent. Classic wine for the table. 13.5%. Drink 2028 – 2044. 16 points.” (JH), Jancisrobinson.com, Apr 21------"Smoke, grilled almond on the nose, even a touch of rubber from an edge of reduction. This has depth to black chocolate and bilberry fruit, it is well balanced and seductive. Enjoyable, it's pretty broad shouldered but it sits well within the successful run of vintages at Beychevelle. A yield of 47hl/ha. 18 months ageing. 55% first wine. Drinking Window 2029 - 2044. 94 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"The 2020 Beychevelle opens with the most exotic bouquet imaginable. Wild flowers of all sorts, spice, lavender and inky dark fruit all saturate the palate. As always, Beychevelle is an overt, flamboyant wine, but all of the elements are so well out together. The 2020 is sexy, alluring and impossible to resist. Time in the glass brings out redder tonalities of fruit along with sweet floral notes that add striking inner perfume. Even as a barrel sample, I am so tempted to just drink it. 94-96 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com------"Deep purple-black colored, the 2020 Beychevelle offers up vibrant notes of black raspberries, fresh black cherries and cassis, plus hints of wild sage, chocolate mint, rose hip tea and fallen leaves, with an exotic hint of Indian spices. The medium to full-bodied palate offers layers of crunchy black fruits with a firm, grainy texture and just enough freshness, finishing long and perfumed. Drink 2026-2046. 94-96 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com------"Based on 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot, the Grand Vin 2020 Château Beychevelle is a stunner that does everything right, offering a monster bouquet of black and blue fruits as well as candied violets, incense, flowers, and toasty oak. A ripe, full-bodied, incredibly sexy wine in every sense, it has a great mid-palate, ripe, velvety tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. It's one of the more up-front, exotic wines in the vintage and should be accessible with just short-term cellaring. 95-97 points" Jebdunnuck.com

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