Château Beychevelle is an estate in Saint Julien de Beychevelle on the left bank of the Bordeaux region. It makes red wine under the Saint-Julien AOC. The estate dates from the 17th-century. The chateau building is a ‘chartreuse’.

Classification: 1855 Fourth growth.

The label: This commemorates the estate’s founder who was an admiral. Boats passing on the Gironde would lower their sails ‘baisse les voiles’, whence the term Beychevelle. The estate’s second wine is L’Amiral (sic) de Beychevelle.

Red wines

Saint-Julien AOC, L’Amiral de Beychevelle: The second wine.

Saint-Julien AOC, Château Beychevelle: 1950s ‘Famous vintages of the 1950s and 1960s were touchstones of the sort today’s corporate ownership does not match,’ (Hugh Johnson: Wine Companion 2003, p.46). | 1970s ‘Inconsistent’ (Oz Clarke: 2015, p.44). | 1980s ‘Inconsistent’ (Oz Clarke: 2015, p.44). | 1996 Château Beychevelle, St-Julien 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot. Decent, ripe fruit but too soft in the middle at Tanya Garnham’s sister’s house, London 8th May 2013).


Château Beychevelle

F-33250 St-Julien-de-Beychevelle (Gironde), France

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