Chateau Beychevelle, 2017 - Bordeaux Futures
Château Beychevelle 2017 has a very deep purple color. The nose is dominated by ripe red fruit. The purity of the fruit, the finesse of the tannins and elegant oaky notes come together to offer a silky palate.
Château Beychevelle 2017 is a harmonious marriage between the elegance and precision of our CabernetSauvignon and the generosity and roundness of our Merlot.
Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc.
This wine is ripe with dense black fruits backed by firm tannins. There is sufficient structure, although the fruit and balanced acidity take center stage. Drink this attractive wine from 2023.
Barrel Sample: 93-95
95 Points Wine Enthusiast
An icon of balance and tradition, St. Julien boasts the highest proportion of classed growths in the Médoc. That it lacks any first growths, is what it makes up in the rest: five amazing second growth chateaux, two superb third growths and four well-reputed fourth growths. While the actual class rankings set in 1855 (first, second, and so on the fifth) today do not necessarily indicate a score of quality, the classification system is important to understand in the context of Bordeaux’ history. And rivalry among the classed chateaux serves only to elevate the appellation overall.
One of its best historically, the estate of Leoville, was once the largest in the Médoc in the 18th century, before it was divided into the three second growths known today as Chateau Léoville-Las-Cases, Léoville-Poyferré and Léoville-Barton. Located in the north section, these are stone’s throw from Chateau Latour and share much in common with that well-esteemed estate.
The relatively homogeneous gravelly and rocky top soil on top of clay-limestone subsoil is broken only by a narrow strip of bank on either side of the “jalle,” or stream, that bisects the zone and flows into the Gironde.
St. Julien wines are for those wanting subtlety, balance and consistency in their Bordeaux. Rewarding and persistent, the best among them are full of blueberry, blackberry, cassis, plum, tobacco and licorice. They are intense and complex and finish with fine, velvety tannins.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Beychevelle opens with gregarious cassis and blackberry pie notes with touches of baking spices and underbrush plus a waft of lavender. Medium-bodied with a great core of ripe black fruits, it has a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and balancing freshness, finishing long. The final blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4 Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.
Barrel Sample: 90-92
92 Points Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
A totally gorgeous wine, not as concentrated as 2016, but there are exuberant aromatics with violet floral edging. Well sculpted, this is clearly going to age well, and it has that characteristic St-Julien balance. 1% Cabernet Franc makes up the blend, this has settled in and fattened up since the en-primeur tastings.
93 Points Decanter