The 2000 Beychevelle has a delightful bouquet of blackberry, briar and light saline scents; a whiff of the old Gironde estuary develops in the glass. A touch of brettanomyces, maybe? The palate is medium-bodied with lithe tannins, and quite open and harmonious, although this not a deep or powerful Saint-Julien. Less austere than it once was, and simply a fine millennial that is drinking perfectly now.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2030
Robert Parker 90
A deep garnet core with brick rim. The nose has good intensity with blackberry, wild hedgerow, cedar and a touch of damp earth. Good delineation and focus. The palate is full-bodied with good acidity and depth, fine tannins, still quite traditional in style with a degree of austerity and glycerine that really complements this great Beychevelle that has a nice prickle on the finish. Excellent. Drink now-2020. Tasted May 2008.
Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020
Mid crimson with lots of sweetness. Very gentle and a definite 2000. Good vintage definition from Beychevelle! Easy and only very slightly inky. Long and rich.
Anticipated maturity: 2009-2021