Chateau Beychevelle Saint-Julien 2015
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 their rich, elegant fourth-growth wines. Merlot-dominant, closely followed by Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Layered and lengthy.
JS94: Perfumed red with so much presence and brightness. Flowers, currants and blueberries. Some citrus. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Very fine and vivid.
VM94: The 2015 Beychevelle comes across as much more powerful and plush in bottle than it did as a barrel sample. The black cherry, smoke, leather, tobacco, spice and incense notes are all endowed with notable textural depth. Voluptuous but also quite tannic, the 2015 is going to need at least a few years to come into its own. Readers should expect a powerful, brooding Saint-Julien. Tasted two times.
JD95: Made in a more flamboyant, lifted style than the 2016, the 2015 Château Beychevelle offers a beautiful, medium to full-bodied, sexy yet elegant style as well as perfumed notes of black cherries, plums, incense, spices, and dried flowers. Given the sweetness in its tannins as well as its purity of fruit, it can be enjoyed today yet will keep for 20+ years.