2011 Beychevelle, St-Julien
This impressive wine follows a straight line of structure, acidity, firm tannins and dark black fruits. The combination is a wine with depth, ripeness and an edge of austerity that demands aging. Drink from 2018.
A textbook St.-Julien, offering tightly layered dark plum, currant and blackberry fruit, with a strong graphite spine and dark tar and mouthwatering pastis notes on the finish. A well-built, confident wine. Best from 2017 through 2027.
An attractive 2011 with lots of blackberry, hazelnut and walnut character. Medium to full body with chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Better in 2017.
Fine dark-berried fruit, not dominated by oak as so many seem to be at the moment. Just a touch leafy. Juicy, fresh and supple. Not a blockbuster but lots of drinking pleasure and refinement. Oak appears on the finish but subtly.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Beychevelle appears to have handled the 2011 vintage in an intelligent manner, producing a soft, round, attractive, medium-bodied wine that, while not terribly deep or powerful, is well-balanced with excellent equilibrium and lots of dusty, loamy soil notes interwoven with black cherry and plummy fruit. This pretty St.-Julien can be drunk over the next decade.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid deep ruby. Perfumed notes of violet, orange peel and sweet spices complement blackcurrant and blackberry coulis on the enticing nose. Juicy, spicy and youthfully tight, showing a distinct peppery nuance and a hint of cocoa. This midweight appears to be shutting down in the bottle but shows very good depth for the year. A promising Beychevelle.