Beychevelle 2010

St Julien, Fourth Growth

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Tasting Notes

The 2010 Beychevelle has a dense bouquet with blackberry and wild hedgerow aromas. The oak is neatly integrated and with subtle iodine scents developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, a superb line of acidity, fresh and vibrant with a distinctive graphite note towards the Pauillac-like finish. I love the linearity and precision of this Saint-Julien, real class here.

Score: 94

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2023-2055 01 April 2020

The Beychevelle 2010 displays very good intensity on the nose with dark berries, a touch of Dorset plum and an almost Margaux-like floral element. The palate is full-bodied, certainly a very powerful Saint Julien that reminds me of Ducru Beaucaillou. Enormous structure on the palate, silky smooth tannins, very nice symmetry with notes of blackberry, cedar and a touch of allspice. The rounded finish belies the backbone underneath although you can feel the grip on the aftertaste. This is as good as the 2009, but more masculine and will need longer to reach its plateau. Drink 2018- Tasted March 2011.

Score: 94 - 96

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2018+ 15 April 2011

Showing better from bottle than it did from barrel, where it was also impressive, but not quite at this level, the 2010 Beychevelle displays sweet black currant, black cherry, foresty notes, medium to full-bodied texture with impressive purity and moderately high tannins (although they’ve softened considerably during the wine’s upbringing in barrel). Layered and rich for a Beychevelle, this wine should easily withstand three decades of cellaring. I would give it another 3-4 years of bottle age, but this is a fabulous effort from the first chateau one sees upon entering the appellation of St.-Julien

Score: 94

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 01 March 2013

Flowery blueberry, red and black currant fruit notes intermixed with a hint of damp earth emerge from this wine’s moderate aromatics. Elegant with medium body as well as a classic Beychevelle style with high tannins and a more restrained structure, the elevated tannins suggest 7-8 years of cellaring will be necessary. It should keep for 25-30 years thereafter.

Score: 90 - 92

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, 04 May 2011

Beautiful aromas of blackberries, currants and flowers. Very aromatic. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and gorgeous fruit. It's polished and very refined. One of the best Beychevelles in years. Try in 2018.

Score: 95

James Suckling, Maturity: 2018+ 04 February 2013

Mineral, lemon grass and berries on the nose. Full bodied with ultra-fine tannins and wonderful finish. Lasts for minutes. This is the best Beychevelle in years. Maybe decades.

Score: 93 - 94

James Suckling, 25 March 2011

Very dark and savoury first impression with some oak char. Taut and zesty but slightly drying tannins. Aftertaste is fresh though pretty dry.

Score: 17

Julia Harding MW, Maturity: 2018-2030 10 April 2012

Bright ruby. Primary fruit with good lift. Good concentration for Beychevelle but still light on its feet. Plenty of spice and a chewy, dry, slightly medicinal finish.

Score: 90 - 92

Albany Vintners, - 27 April 2011

Medium intense colour, with a slightly simple toasty oak nose. Pretty chewy palate. Very dry tannins! Very pure expression but it will need a great deal of time to show itself in any flattering light.

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2025-2040 19 April 2011

Beautifully concentrated cassis fruit, lovely aromatics on the nose, fine middle palate and good grippy tannins, a very good Beychevelle.

Score: 17 - 18

Decanter, Maturity: 2018-2030 01 April 2011

Juicy, with a beam of cassis and spice bread, laced with smoke, graphite and crushed plum on the velvety finish.

Score: 91 - 94

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 31 March 2011