Quatrieme Grand Cru Classé (Fourth Great Growth) of Saint Julien
Half owned since 1986 by Pierre CASTEL, the other half being owned by Japanese group SUNTORY through the Grands Millésimes de France company, Chateau Beychevelle is the fourth Great Growth (Grand cru classé) from the Saint Julien appellation (1855 classification) produced in the Bordeaux left bank. The Beychevelle estate manages 92 hectares of vines planted on a soil composed of Garonne gravel on a gravel-clay base. The vines are about 30 years old and are taken care of in a sustainable agriculture way.
Like most major Bordeaux estates, Chateau Beychevelle makes 2 Bordeaux red wines: The Grand vin de Beychevelle, and the second wine, the Amiral de Beychevelle. These great red wines are made from a blend of 4 different grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (52% of the vineyard), Merlot (40%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot (3%). The Grand vin de Beychevelle is well-known for its elegance and palatable taste. It is one of the most demonstrative wine you could find, and still has a good ageing capacity (8 to 15 years or more in the cellar). The Chateau Beychevelle has invested in new winemaking facilities, in order to be able to craft wine with this supplement of structure and complexity that characterize the best wines of Saint Julien. The greatest vintages produced by Chateau Beychevelle are 2015, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2000, 1989, 1986, 1982. The second wine of Beychevelle, Amiral de Beychevelle, is more simple than the Grand Vin of the chateau, but still expresses its great finesse.
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