My notes on the 1983 Beychevelle have always been uneven and this recent tasting did nothing to dispel the confusion surrounding this wine. It exhibits a dark, murky color with some amber at the edge, a large framework, and good ripeness. The rough tannins have taken the upper hand, and it appears this wine will lose its fruit long before its tannins. Moreover, the wine lacks finesse, charm, and suppleness because of its rustic style. I would opt for drinking it over the next 10-12 years. Last tasted, 6/93.
Chateau Beychevelle is a prominent wine estate situated in the Saint Julien appellation in Bordeaux, France. The wine is classified with Fourth Growth status since the official Bordeaux wine classification of 1855. Chateau Beychevelle also produces a second wine labeled Amiral de Beychevelle.
The name Beychevelle originates from the expression “Baisse-Vaille” meaning “lower sails”, a result of the chateau’s ownership by the Duc d’Eperon, admiral of France in the 16th century. Consequently, the label of this luxurious wine boasts an impressive galley ship with a large sail.
Chateau Beychevelle’s vineyards span an impressive 90 hectares of the Left Bank in Bordeaux, with a grape composition of around 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. The production process sees this rich and smooth fine wine mature in oak barrels for 18 months, half of which are renewed every year.
40,000 - 50,000 cases
Saint Julien/Left Bank
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