The 2001 Beychevelle has more exuberance on the nose compared to the 2000, with brambly red fruit, leather, loam and cedar scents better defined and focused. The palate is well-balanced with fine delineation. Crisp and taut, a judicious touch of spice lends tension, gently building towards the white pepper and orange rind-tinged finish. Delicious. A point. Tasted at the Beychevelle vertical at the property.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2038
Very mature and quite treacly on the nose. Light and just slightly lean but good luncheon claret.
Anticipated maturity: 2007-2015
Robert Parker 89
Tasted at the French Embassy in London. I have upheld the view that Beychevelle was a little out of sorts around the turn of the millennium. Here. It has a well-defined, harmonious nose with blackberry, cedar, mint and a touch of black tea. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft entry, tart red cherries, wild strawberry and cedar, but it is marred by a rather bitter, severe finish that certainly lacks the precision that winemaker Philippe Blanc has engendered in more recent vintages. An obdurate but worthy/sturdy Beychevelle. Drink 2011-2024. Tasted November 2010.
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2024