2005 Beychevelle St. Julien

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Since the Middle Ages the illustrious owners of Château Beychevelle have gradually endowed it with the best plots of land and have perpetuated the tradition that has always been of prime importance in the destiny of this Grand Cru Classé.
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ROBERT PARKER RATING: 89 - 90
ROBERT PARKER REVIEW: While this is a strong effort from a property that too often does not live up to its pedigree, I had hoped the 2005 Beychevelle would merit an even higher score. A deep ruby/purple hue is accompanied by a sweet perfume of roasted herbs, black cherries, and even blacker fruits. The wine is medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin, good acidity, and a fruitcake-like spiciness and earthiness. Pure and long with a tannic clout that is neither intrusive nor excessive, this elegant, powerful effort should be at its finest between 2017-2030.
WINE SPECTATOR RATING: 89
WINE SPECTATOR REVIEW: Has pretty blackberry, licorice and spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with medium tannins and a minerally, fruity, almost spicy finish. Balanced and refined. Best after 2012.
The 2004-2005 growth cycle was marked by even less rainfall than the preceding years, thereby maintaining a water deficit going back three years. The average temperatures were significantly lower than the thirty year average in November, February, and March, but above average in June and July. The growing season got off to a fairly slow start due to cool weather in the month of March. Merlot began flowering on the 25th of May and peaked on the 30th. On the whole, flowering was quite even for the various grape varieties, which augured well for ripening later in the year. Occurring very quickly and uniformly, peak véraison (color change) took place around the 10th of August. Despite a few showers in the first ten days of September, the weather was highly conducive to the forming of ripe, healthy fruit. Green harvesting in July and August was mainly limited to plots of young vines and vines with too many bunches. Leaf thinning also played an important role in keeping the fruit as healthy as possible.It did not rain a single day during the vintage. Grape quality was superb, with exceptional sugar levels in both Merlot and Cabernet. Initial tastings when the wine was run off were extremely promising, showing very intense colour with plenty of fruit and body. After blending, in February 2006, the wine was put into French oak barrels. Fifty percent of the grand vin went into new barrels and the rest into barrels used for one previous vintage. The cellars were heated to enhance malo-lactic fermentation in November. Nearly of third of the grand vin underwent this process in new oak barrels.
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Vintage 2005
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Saint Julien
Bottle Size 750ml
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