2003 Beychevelle 1.5L

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

IWC 89   Collector 88
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: ChrisMus
Trust Rating: 92
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.

Rating: 83
Author: Daniel K189
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 04/03/2013
Drink Dates: 2007-2011
Corked

Average rating: 87, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

60 bottles owned by 21 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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