The 2009 Beychevelle is very perfumed and floral on the nose with brambly red fruit loam, incense and mint. It’s well-defined and shows more pedigree than the 2005. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple entry, a fine bead of acidity and slightly grainy in texture. This has a touch of curry leaf towards the finish that I have found on previous bottles. Drinking now, and it should cruise for another 15-20 years. Tasted at the Beychevelle vertical at the property.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2042
Robert Parker 93
Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Beychevelle begins a little closed, slowly revealing notes of iron ore, tilled soil, fungi and underbrush over a core of blackberry preserves, warm plums and cassis with touches of mocha and camphor. Full-bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, it has a firm texture of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with a compelling mineral lift.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2034
Tasted blind. Deep crimson with a paleish rim. Light nose but very sweet, flattering fruit that seems fully evolved. Hardly any tannin evident. Charming but not very long-lived.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2034