2003 Beychevelle 1.5L

France - Bordeaux - St Julien | Fourth Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2003 Beychevelle
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International Wine Cellar | 89

($38-$53) Dullish ruby-red. Full-blown, exotic aromas of plum jam, roasted meat and leather, with a suggestion of tropical chocolate. Big, plush and full; a seamless wine that avoids coming off as flat. Finishes with ripe tannins and a lingering flavor of chocolate. I underrated this wine in barrel. Unusually fleshy for Beychevelle, which is not a bad thing.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | 90

Given the performance of this somewhat mystifying but beautifully situated estate in St.-Julien, we might be seeing a resurrection in quality, or at least much more consistency. A beauty in an up-front, supple, sexy style is the generous and savory, dark ruby /plum-colored 2003 Beychevelle. Medium to full-bodied with loads of fruit and glycerin, it is much more approachable than usual, but also generously proportioned and exceptionally well-balanced.

Drink Dates: 2009-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 164

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Wine Spectator | 89

Aromas of toasted oak with chocolate, berry and meat follow through to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and a medium berry and vanilla aftertaste. Pretty wine. Needs some more bottle age. 20,830 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 92
Author: ChrisMus
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 09/30/2013
Ready to drink. I decanted for an hour and the wine was smooth and full of character. It even improved by the second day when I finished the bottle! This was a bit fruitier than most Bordeaux I have had, but it was still quite enjoyable.
Score: 83
Author: Daniel K189
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 04/03/2013
Drink Dates: 2007-2011
Corked
More Vintages and Sizes of Beychevelle:

2005 (750ml)
1945 (1.5L)

About This Producer


Built in magnificent 18th century Louis XV style, Chateau Beychevelle sits in the St. Julien district of the Medoc, with neighbors including Chateau Gloria and Chateau St. Pierre. The name Beychevelle was derived from the expression "Baisse-Vaille" meaning "lower sails". This act was a symbol of respect by the French Navy to the Duc d'Eperon, who was Admiral of France at the time and 16th century owner of the estate. The chateau is a 4eme Cru Classe, and produces a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. At its best, the wine is known for its rich, concentrated fruit that ages with ease. In addition to its flagship wine, the estate also makes a second label called Amiral de Beychevelle and an AC Haut Medoc production called Brulieres de Beychevelles.

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