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Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Enthusiast, 92 Wine & Spirits, 90 The Wine Advocate, 90 International Wine Cellar
Region: St-Julien, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Style: Smooth & Supple
Item no. 111571
It did not rain a single day during the vintage. Grape quality was superb, with exceptional sugar levels in both Merlot and Cabernet. Initial tastings when the wine was run off were extremely promising, showing very intense color with plenty of fruit and body.
47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
Very much in an elegant style, this wine shows soft, almost velvet tannins supporting the ripe fruit. It has richness, a round character masking the dense texture, and setting off the clean red berry fruits and fresh acidity.
We hit Beychevelle at a fragrant, gentle moment in its evolution. With a few hours of air, the wine was a lithe beauty, its cool red fruit giving a soft, sculpted feel. My notes are all about elegance, finesse and restraint-similar to the harmony this showed en primeur. With another day of air, the power of the tannins shows more directly, tarry and strong enough to sustain this wine for a decade or more.
While this is a strong effort from a property that too often does not live up to its pedigree, I had hoped the 2005 Beychevelle would merit an even higher score. A deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by a sweet perfume of roasted herbs, black cherries, and even blacker fruits. The wine is medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin, good acidity, and a fruitcake-like spiciness and earthiness. Pure and long with a tannic clout that is neither intrusive nor excessive, this elegant, powerful effort should be at its finest between 2017-2030.
Good deep red-ruby. Subtle oak accents very ripe aromas of plum, currant, mocha, chocolate and tobacco leaf. Sweet, ripe and broad, with good density and freshness to the currant and spice flavors. Not a blockbuster but sweeter than the 2006 and longer on the aftertaste, finishing with fairly substantial but ripe tannins.