Chateau Beychevelle Saint-Julien [Pre-arrival] 2020
A stunning estate in Saint-Julien, Chateau Beychevelle dates back to 1565. Today, however, the winery is far from antiquated, boasting a state-of-the-art winery with 59 stainless steel fermentation tanks that vary in size. The 2015 vintage is a fantastic example of jutheir rich, elegant fourth-growth wines. Merlot-dominant, closely followed by Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Layered and lengthy.
JD95-97:Based on 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot, the Grand Vin 2020 Château Beychevelle is a stunner that does everything right, offering a monster bouquet of black and blue fruits as well as candied violets, incense, flowers, and toasty oak. A ripe, full-bodied, incredibly sexy wine in every sense, it has a great mid-palate, ripe, velvety tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. It's one of the more up-front, exotic wines in the vintage and should be accessible with just short-term cellaring.
WA94-96:Deep purple-black colored, the 2020 Beychevelle offers up vibrant notes of black raspberries, fresh black cherries and cassis, plus hints of wild sage, chocolate mint, rose hip tea and fallen leaves, with an exotic hint of Indian spices. The medium to full-bodied palate offers layers of crunchy black fruits with a firm, grainy texture and just enough freshness, finishing long and perfumed.