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Showing better from bottle than it did from barrel, where it was also impressive, but not quite at this level, the 2010 Beychevelle displays sweet black currant, black cherry, foresty notes, medium to full-bodied texture with impressive purity and moderately high tannins (although they’ve softened considerably during the wine’s upbringing in barrel). Layered and rich for a Beychevelle, this wine should easily withstand three decades of cellaring. I would give it another 3-4 years of bottle age, but this is a fabulous effort from the first chateau one sees upon entering the appellation of St.-Julien.
-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #205 Feb 2013
2010: Flowery blueberry, red and black currant fruit notes intermixed with a hint of damp earth emerge from this wineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s moderate aromatics. Elegant with medium body as well as a classic Beychevelle style with high tannins and a more restrained structure, the elevated tannins suggest 7-8 years of cellaring will be necessary. It should keep for 25-30 years thereafter.
Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. The Beychevelle 2010 has a very refined bouquet with blackberry, mineral, a touch of wild heather – all beautifully defined although still a little closed after bottling. The palate is medium-bodied with a spicy entry, light peppery fruit and a deep, almost broody finish that demonstrates great weight and persistency. This is a great Beychevelle from Philippe Blanc and his team, though it deserves several years in bottle. Tasted November 2012.
The Beychevelle 2010 displays very good intensity on the nose with dark berries, a touch of Dorset plum and an almost Margaux-like floral element. The palate is full-bodied, certainly a very powerful Saint Julien that reminds me of Ducru Beaucaillou. Enormous structure on the palate, silky smooth tannins, very nice symmetry with notes of blackberry, cedar and a touch of allspice. The rounded finish belies the backbone underneath although you can feel the grip on the aftertaste. This is as good as the 2009, but more masculine and will need longer to reach its plateau. Drink 2018- Tasted March 2011.
4th Growth St Julien (60% harvest, 45hl/ha, 14.3%, 50% New) [54CS/38M/5C/3PV] Crisply ripe blackberry fruit nose; very nicely balanced middleweight wine with a gentle tannin and fresh acidity; long and gently complex with a fine, fresh, vividly juicy blackcurrant cabernet flavour, subtle minerality and pebble background, lovely aromatic length. The classic Beychevelle elegance remains even in this fairly concentrated expression of the vineyard. 2018-30+ [M.Schuster, Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2011]
Juicy, with a beam of cassis and spice bread, laced with smoke, graphite and crushed plum on the velvety finish. Ã¢â‚¬â€J.M.
Beautiful aromas of blackberries, currants and flowers. Very aromatic. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and gorgeous fruit. It's polished and very refined. One of the best Beychevelles in years. Try in 2018.
-www.jamessuckling.com, 'Tasting Report: 2010 Bordeaux "More Great Vintage"', 3 Feb 2012
Mineral, lemon grass and berries on the nose. Full bodied, with ultra-fine tannins and a wonderful finish. Lasts for minutes. This is the best Beychevelle in years. Maybe decades.
Quality 878 | Brand 978 | Economics 951 |
Quality: Above the average quality score of its peer group for the 2010 vintage, 793 Brand: Strong restaurant presence, featuring on 29 of the world's top wine lists, including Jean-Georges Economics: Above its peer group average price of £51 for the 2010 vintage Production: Higher yields than its peer group average of 41 hl/ha
- www.wine-lister.com June 2017
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