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Chateau Beychevelle 2010 Saint-Julien Grand Cru Classe


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4th Grand Cru Classé in 1855

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The year 2010 is a wonderfully successful vintage in Bordeaux. The climatic conditions were indeed extraordinary, with a very homogeneous budburst of the vine in April, a hot and dry summer and an alternation of sunny days and cool nights until the end of the harvest. The berries were very rich in aroma, colorful and with thick skins.

Blend of the 2010 vintage: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot.

The color is an intense purple with brilliant garnet tint.

The nose reveals a sumptuous purity of fruit, with notes of wild berries, crème de cassis and black cherry, supported by peppery spices, cedar and eucalyptus.

Smooth on the entry, it is voluptuous and dense on development. The finely chiseled tannins bring freshness and complexity, and it lingers on a beautiful register of red fruits. It stretches for a long time until a finish that is long, racy and persistent. What a vintage for this iconic Saint-Julien wine.

Food and wine pairing:

Château Beychevelle 2010 is best enjoyed with beef fillet with Chimichurri sauce, duck breast with a sauce of Perigord ceps, rack of lamb in a herb crust, wild boar haunch marinated in red wine or even a truffled venison steak.

For a match with cheese, choose uncooked pressed cheeses: Edam, Gouda, Saint-nectaire, morbier, Tomme de Savoie or Salers.

For dessert, enjoy it with a tiramisu, a milk chocolate and hazelnut dessert or an Opera cake.

Ageing potential and tasting:

Chateau Beychevelle 2010 is a great Saint-Julien with tremendous aging potential, which will peak between 2035 and 2040, or beyond.

However, it is quite ready to be enjoyed now. To do so, take care to open the bottle in the room of service at a room temperature between 15 and 18°C and to decant it ideally 6 to 7 hours before tasting.

The bottles should be kept in the cellar, protected from the light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.

Size : 750ml
Appellation : Saint-Julien
Vintage : 2010
Color : Red
Classification : 4th Classified Growth

Château Beychevelle enjoys an exceptional geographical position on the edge of the Gironde river, which it dominates by a few meters and whose gardens extend down to the river.

This strategic position would have allowed according to legend to the owners of the place, the Dukes of Epernon, to force the boats which went up the river to unload their precious cargoes to have to pay a grant, a sort of toll right before the letter. The ships then had to lower their sail. Beychevelle takes its name and its emblem, a ship with a griffin bow, from the old Gascon name Bêcha Vêla which means "Drop sail" and will later become Beychevelle.

The first stones of the castle were laid in 1565 but the vineyard had existed since long before since the Beychevelle wines in the Middle Ages left the port at the foot of the Castle. In the 18th century, it belonged to the President of the Parliament of Bordeaux.

The area of ​​the property is 250 hectares including 93 hectares in vines, the rest in meadows and woods.

The soil is composed of gravel with a clay-gravelly subsoil thus partially retaining water during summer for optimal maturation. In addition, the proximity of the river plays a protective and climate regulating role while influencing the light, a third key element.

The grape variety is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon 52%, Merlot noir 40%, Cabernet franc 5% and Petit Verdot 3% and the average age of the vineyard is 30 years.

The harvest is manual by successive sorting and the annual production on average is of the order of 550 to 560 barrels, or 650 to 700,000 bottles per year.

The wine is aged entirely in barrels, 50% of which are new oak barrels before the Printemps bottling.

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