2011 Beychevelle, St-Julien
A very firm and closed wine, it shows its tannins rather than its fruit. With its weight, this dark wine should become rounded with age.
Plenty of blueberry and currant character with soft and velvety tannins and a pretty balance of fruit, alcohol and bright acidity. Nicely done.
This has good ripe plum and black cherry fruit woven with a currant eau-de-vie aroma. There's fine-grained structure and an easy, vanilla-tinged finish. Not as dense as the top St.-Juliens.
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
A medium-bodied, pleasant, lighter style of St.-Julien, the 2011 Beychevelle reveals a dark plum/ruby color in addition to notes of strawberries, black cherries, new saddle leather and hints of herbs and earth. Refreshing and delicate, it should drink well for 10-15 years.
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.