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2021 Château Beychevelle En Primeur

At £353 per six bottles, 2021 Beychevelle is, according to Liv-Ex's calculations, the best value Beychevelle on the market today.  Age is the principal driver of accruing value for this château, so buying on release makes great sense.  

 

Bordeaux En Primeur, Landing in spring 2024

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 2021 Château Beychevelle 75cl £353 per case of 6 Château Beychevelle
2021 / / 75cl
£353 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Pleasantly fragrant with floral and dark-fruit notes. Juicy and ripe on the palate. Less flesh and concentration than top years but fruit present and tannins finely honed. Clean, persistent finish. Drink 2027 – 2038. 16.5 points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)------"Blueberry and some chocolate and berry character. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh, medium finish. 91-92 points" jamessuckling.com------"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, gentle campfire smoke. 92 points" janeanson.com------"The 2021 Beychevelle has a pleasant, light bouquet that needs coaxing from the glass, eventually offering blackberry, briar, peppermint and sage aromas. The oak here is neatly integrated, though it does not possess the dimension of the previous vintage. 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 licorice-tinged finish is fresh and focused. This is quite an endearing Beychevelle after the challenging growing season. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com------"The 2021 Beychevelle is rich and sumptuous, but not quite as pushed in that direction as some recent vintages have been. Then again, that sort of apulence was simply not possible in 2021. Even so, the 2021 flows with dark blue/purplish fruit, incense, espresso, mocha, menthol and licorice. All the elements are so well balanced. The 2021 is a terrific Beychevelle with a bright future. 91-93 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com------"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 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com
RED 2021 Château Beychevelle 75cl £706 per case of 12 Château Beychevelle
2021 / / 75cl
£706 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Pleasantly fragrant with floral and dark-fruit notes. Juicy and ripe on the palate. Less flesh and concentration than top years but fruit present and tannins finely honed. Clean, persistent finish. Drink 2027 – 2038. 16.5 points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)------"Blueberry and some chocolate and berry character. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh, medium finish. 91-92 points" jamessuckling.com------"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, gentle campfire smoke. 92 points" janeanson.com------"The 2021 Beychevelle has a pleasant, light bouquet that needs coaxing from the glass, eventually offering blackberry, briar, peppermint and sage aromas. The oak here is neatly integrated, though it does not possess the dimension of the previous vintage. 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 licorice-tinged finish is fresh and focused. This is quite an endearing Beychevelle after the challenging growing season. 91-93 points" Neal Martin, RobertParker.com------"The 2021 Beychevelle is rich and sumptuous, but not quite as pushed in that direction as some recent vintages have been. Then again, that sort of apulence was simply not possible in 2021. Even so, the 2021 flows with dark blue/purplish fruit, incense, espresso, mocha, menthol and licorice. All the elements are so well balanced. The 2021 is a terrific Beychevelle with a bright future. 91-93 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com------"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 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com

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