1986 Beychevelle 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Julien | Fourth Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WS 93   RP 92   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Remarkably complex with rich, concentrated, tannic currant, spice and anise flavors, wrapped in smoky, cedary oak that gets tastier with every sip. It's best to wait until this one can fully develop, in 1997 or '98.

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Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 92

While quite outstanding and deserving to be in any conscientiously stocked wine cellar, the 1986 Beychevelle does not quite have the extraordinary concentration and potential for longevity that I had thought it would. Nevertheless, this is still one of the best Beychevelles in the last 30 years. With its black/ruby color and huge bouquet of roasted fruit, this full-bodied, concentrated, rich wine should not be drunk before the mid-1990s.

Drink Dates: 1991-2010
Author: Robert Parker

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: darvid
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 04/02/2011
Drink Dates:
Decanted a few minutes before service. Deep, semi-opaque purple with dark red, slightly browning edges. St. Julien scents of cassis, warm earth (according to one guest, sun-warmed bricks), cedar, graphite and rich fruit. Seems much the same as my first bottle of this vintage, ten years ago - young, sweet, deep, friendly, and ripe - not "cussed" (JR's term) as a few '86s seem to remain. Lacks the complexity of top growths, but a fine showing.

Rating: 96
Author: md
Tasted On: 05/29/2013
Awesome barnyard French aged red. Almost as good as the '75 and could go longer too!

Rating: 94
Author: rsfj
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 03/05/2013

Rating: 94
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/11/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Wonderful year for Bordeaux. Delicious core of ripe dark berry and plum. Framed by notes of chalk, leather and bacon fat. Medium bodied but great depth and complexity. Fully integrated tannins provide a smooth, lengthy finish. Great elegance to this Bordeaux. Sadly, my last bottle of '86 Bordeaux!

Rating: 93
Author: Will M.
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/12/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2015
At it's peak, drinking well now.

Average rating: 93, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

870 bottles owned by 239 collectors.

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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.

See other similar producers: Chateau Pontet Canet, Chateau Lagrange, Chateau Giscours

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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