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2017 Beychevelle, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1355641 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chateau Beychevelle is another beautiful wine from this estate, which is being run with incredible talent and passion by Romain Ducolomb, who was hired away from Chateau Clinet. The 2017 is based on 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc (a selection of just 52% of the production) and spent 18 months in 60% new French oak. Lively, elegant notes of green tobacco, lead pencil, flowers, mint, and blueberries all emerge from the glass, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with a classic, elegant texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It’s up with the top wines in the vintage and will evolve for 2+ decades. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Beychevelle is a luscious, extroverted beauty. An exotic mélange of super-ripe dark cherry, red plum, pomegranate, espresso, licorice and blood orange build as this potent, unctuous Saint-Julien opens up in the glass. The tannins need time to soften but should not be much of an issue in another few years' time. I very much like the push and pull of ripeness and energy in the 2017. In a word: memorable. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Produced in a new cellar, this wine gives the estate a whole new dimension of quality. The integration of the tannins and the powerful fruits is exemplary, bringing out a stylish wine that finishes with blackberry fruits. (RV) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Beychevelle has a fragrant, floral nose with warm cassis, preserved plums and Morello cherries plus earth, herbs and cinnamon touches. Medium-bodied, it has lovely expression with firm, fine grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. (LPB) 94+ Inner quote mark (3/2020)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of flowers, berries and light cedar with some milk-chocolate undertones. Medium body. Creamy tannins and a firm, caressing finish. Shows tension and focus. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dark and winey, with a solid core of plum, blackberry and cherry paste flavors, infused liberally with sweet tobacco and tar notes. Shows brambly energy through the finish, which displays ample grip for the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. (JM) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is a fine expression of St-Julien, with extremely pretty aromatics and brambly, juicy black fruits that remain soft and persistent through the palate, with the tiniest hint of acidity tightening the tannins. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Deep crimson with purple rim. Tangy, slightly wild black fruit, more bramble than cassis. Smooth, rounded and rather gentle but still persistent. Supple tannins already, though they may be deceptive. Drink: 2024-2036 16.5/20 (JH) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

K&L Notes

92 points Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2017 Beychevelle was, atypically for the vintage, quite ostentatious from barrel. Not in bottle! It has retained an atypical rich and generous bouquet that you could almost mistake for the following vintage with scents of red cherries, boysenberry, hints of crème de cassis and violet. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and fine acidity. It feels a little compact at the moment although I admire its focus." (02/2020)


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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2018 | Send Email
Once one of Bordeaux greatest names, the wine here had slipped badly, but the new wines and winemaking facility at Beychevelle has everyone buzzing about Beychevelle. The 2017 features perfectly extracted, elegant blue fruit that floats seamlessly across the palate in perfect harmony and a nice mineral finish. Beychevelle is definitely BACK!

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