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1970 Beychevelle, St-Julien

SKU #1034108 92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark Beychevelle is another of those fine properties that has fallen quite out of fashion these days, but based on the brilliant bottles of 1970 and 1966 that I have tasted in the last few months, this is one château that deserves a lot more attention (at the very least for its wines from this era). The nose on the 1970 is absolutely lovely, as it soars from the glass in a refined mélange of sweet black berries, plums, black truffles, tobacco, soil and a patina of old wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully delineated, with juicy acidity, fine intensity of flavor, and great length and grip on the long and harmonious finish. Today the ’70 Beychevelle can be bought for half the price or less of a garage wine such as the abominable 2000 Le Dôme from St. Emilion, and not only is the 1970 Beychevelle the infinitely superior bottle to drink today, but it will also outlive monstrosities such as 2000 Le Dôme by decades! Inner quote mark (7/2006)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Deep garnet; tight, cedary nose, with minty nuances and tar emerging; full, firm, dusty texture; spicy, almost rich in flavor; fully evolved; stylish. Inner quote mark (5/1993)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Fully mature with a spicy, plum-like bouquet, and some caramel aromas, the 1970 Beychevelle is round, fruity, quite silky and soft, and nicely concentrated. It lacks complexity and the depth of the best 1970s, but is still quite attractive. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/1997)

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