2011 Beychevelle, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)
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. Drink 2018 to 2028.
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
Bright ruby-purple. Reticent aromas of fresh red fruits and violet. Then sweet and supple in the mouth, with blueberry pie, red berry and floral flavors lifted by a hint of spicy rhubarb at the back. The finish is long and smooth, with harmonious acidity providing lift. Not the last word in complexity but an easygoing, politely styled Saint-Julien.