Beaumont 2016

Haut Medoc, Cru bourgeois

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Beaumont is a solid wine, and it certainly has come together nicely during aging. Even so, it remains rather compact and narrowly built, especially compared to wines in its peer group.

Score: 85

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2018-2023 01 January 2019

The 2016 Beaumont has quite a powerful bouquet with dense black fruit, boysenberry and cedar, traces of pencil lead developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite spicy compared to its peers, then it reins everything back in for what is a refined finish. Classy stuff, but I would afford this a couple of years in bottle. Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois tasting in London.

Score: 91

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2021-2035 01 October 2018

The 2016 Beaumont, owned by Suntory and Castel, has a rather conservative bouquet, a little backward and surly compared to its peers with undergrowth aromas coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, quite lithe and agile in the mouth, a wine willing to go out and please and not worry too much about cellaring. Whilst it does not quite have the complexity of the 2015, it is still a mouthful of potentially delicious wine.

Score: 88 - 90

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2019-2029 28 April 2017

From the Beychevelle team, this is a good wine. The mid-palate fills out with brambly fruit, and it is a little rustic on the finish. An even split between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with 8% Petit Verdot.

Score: 89

Decanter, - Maturity: 2023-2040 25 April 2017

50% CS, 47% M, 3% PV. Attractive crunchy black fruit and a hint of hedgerow. Bright with good fresh fruit in the mouth and firm, angular tannins.

Score: 90 - 92

Albany Vintners, - 19 April 2017

Deep crimson. Muted but 'correct' aromatically. Some richness on the front palate. Very dry finish. More flesh than usual and a good expression of vintage and estate. 16++

Score: 16

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2024-2033 17 April 2017

A juicy and pretty wine with berry and chocolate character, a medium body and a clean finish. Clearly better than the 2015.

Score: 91 - 92

James Suckling, 24 March 2017